Charity Warns of 'Disastrous' Ebola Outbreak in East of DR Congo, If Not Contained
© AP Photo / Jerome DelayIn this Sunday, July 14, 2019 photo, burial workers dressed in protective gear carry the remains of Mussa Kathembo, an Islamic scholar who had prayed over those who were sick, in Beni, Congo
© AP Photo / Jerome Delay
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The International Rescue Committee warned on Thursday that a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's province of North Kivu could have disastrous consequences for the already battered community if no quick action is taken.
"Following the death of four people suspected with the virus in the last month, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely concerned that another Ebola outbreak in the area will devastate a community still reeling from the last outbreak, fighting COVID-19 and seeing increasing violence and food insecurity," the charity said in a statement.
The NGO went on to ask for an immediate response, as well as funding for frontline aid agencies to cope with both Ebola and coronavirus pandemics.
“Another outbreak in North Kivu could be disastrous if not quickly contained. People in this area have faced decades of violence by armed groups and have now, between Ebola and COVID-19, been faced with disease outbreaks for almost three straight years. These communities are still trying to rebuild from the impact the last Ebola outbreak had on their health systems, as well as the emotional trauma from an increase in violence, particularly against women - all whilst fighting COVID-19," Regional Vice President for the Great Lakes at the IRC, Kate Moger, said.
On October 6, a two-year-old boy diagnosed with Ebola died at a North Kivu health facility after living in a community where three people with Ebola-like symptoms had died in September.
9 October 2021, 21:07 GMT
In early May, the country's authorities announced the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak, which started in February and took the lives of at least six people.
During the last major Ebola epidemic, which broke out in West Africa in 2015, more than 28,600 people were infected with Ebola and over 11,300 died.