Saturday , June 3 2023

Ebola outbreak: Congo health workers face violence as virus spreads


The clash between the armed forces and the government forces has made it harder for health personnel to reach the most intense areas.

On Friday evening, the militant group tried to attack UN peacekeepers in Benishi, North Kivu – the epicenter of the outbreak.

The attack occurred near the hotel where the Ebola Response Emergency Operations Center and many Ebola health workers were staying, the health ministry said.

Peacekeepers were able to push off the attackers after hours of collision, but all field activity stopped at Benny Saturday due to violence. The emergency operations center was closed and the team had to stay at the hotel.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said at least seven peacekeepers were killed and 10 wounded early last week.

The United Nations said in a statement that the peacekeepers would withdraw the rebel coalition in partnership with the Congo and restore peace and stability in the Benny region.

A lethal violence in northern Kivu province of Congo has hampered efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus, Oly Ilunga Kalenga said.

A dead child

The outbreak began in the northern part of Kibu for the second time this year and spread to the eastern Ituri area. Ebola is the tenth since 1976 to hit the Congo.

The most serious Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

311 of all cases reported have so far been identified as Ebola and 47 are likely. Of the deaths, 166 were confirmed to be caused by Ebola, and 47 are likely to be according to the National Health Secretary.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said there are pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, newborns and infants. According to the World Health Organization, more than 30 health workers were infected.

Fear of spreading

The Congo is bordered by nine nations and the United Nations has expressed concern that the influx of Congolese refugees could spread the southern means of the Ebola epidemic.

Doctors Without Borders is on the grounds of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has teamed around Uganda.
Fear of neighboring Congo has spread by proliferation and war.
Nevertheless, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the risk of spreading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring countries is still high.

Health Minister Kalenga posted a video on the health authorities' Facebook page Saturday to alert the community and report signs of the disease.

"Community-based surveillance is at the heart of a new response strategy for #Ebola, where each resident can report to the emergency team all alerts and suspicious cases at his or her level, protecting the family and surrounding areas from viruses. Local people are responding with us, "he wrote.

    A health worker burns a four-year-old baby in Ebola in Butembo City.


Ebola first appeared in Sudan and the Republic of Congo in 1976, and was named after the river in the latter half. It is one of the most malignant diseases in the world and spreads directly in contact with the blood or other fluids of infected people.

Ebola overview

Ebola causes fever, severe headaches and in some cases bleeding. A person with a disease spreads directly in contact with fluids or objects. In some cases, the virus is transmitted through contact with people who die from the disease.

The virus enters the body through the skin or mucous membranes that swell in the eyes, nose, or mouth. It may spread through sexual contact.

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