The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today expressed concern about the insecurity in the areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo affected by the current outbreak of Ebola, after visiting those areas of the December 31 to January 2.
According to the Ethiopian doctor, the conflict in the eastern part of the country he visited, where hundreds of armed groups operate, makes the vaccination program and the care of those affected by a virus that has caused the death of more than 360 people since August difficult. of 2018.
"I am worried about the impact that recent altercations may have at the present moment, which is critical," Tedros said in a statement, adding that the current outbreak in DR Congo "occurs in the most difficult context imaginable."
The head of WHO visited during the year change the towns of Beni, Butembo and Komanda, located in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri affected by both the current outbreak of Ebola and the armed activity of insurgent groups.
Tedros was able to verify for example that last week several health centers of attention to the Ebola virus and other diseases suffered acts of vandalism in Beni, which has slowed down the programs of vaccination and monitoring of the disease there.
The director of the WHO met in the African country with communities affected by the disease and with health workers, to whom he thanked the efforts to contain the outbreak.
The World Health Organization now accounts for 608 cases of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri, with 368 deaths, and is trying to contain the advance of the virus with inoculation of vaccines to more than 54,000 people in areas with risk of infection.
The current Ebola virus outbreak (which takes its name from the DR Congo river where the first cases were identified in 1976) is the worst suffered in the country and the second worst in the world, although for now it has not reached the large dimensions suffered by West Africa between 2014 and 2016, with more than 11,000 deaths.
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90 percent if not treated in time.