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US NewsEbola Aid Workers Working Under 'Terrifying Conditions' Amid Armed Attacks On Health Centres

18:30  15 may  2019
18:30  15 may  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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There's been a deadly escalation of the violence against health workers trying to curb the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The biggest obstacle to stopping the outbreak - armed groups who keep attacking health workers . In just the last few days, there were two assaults.

Ebola Aid Workers Working Under 'Terrifying Conditions' Amid Armed Attacks On Health Centres © Ho New / Reuters Medical workers in protective clothings work in the Ebola isolation zone at a makeshift health clinic run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders at the village of Kampungu, near Kananga in western Kasai province in south-central Democratic Republic of Congo, some 700 km (435 miles) east of the capital Kinshasa, September 18, 2007. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said it had confirmed typhoid in the area of Democratic Republic of Congo where health experts are working to fight an outbreak of deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Picture taken September 18, 2007. REUTERS/MSF/Frederic Patigny/Handout (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)

Aid workers helping to tackle the ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo are working under “terrifying” conditions amid violent attacks on health centres, the government has warned.

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Aid workers have faced mistrust in some areas as they work to contain an Ebola outbreak. The health ministry said in a statement that 38 suspected Ebola patients and 12 confirmed cases were in the center at The attack in the city of Butembo was the second in Congo’s Ebola -hit east this week.

Africans Attack Ebola Workers ; Bug Expected To Cross Borders. An Ebola treatment center in Butembo, North Kivu province, was torched on Wednesday, the second attack on a clinic in a week. “There has never been an Ebola outbreak in these conditions , with such a highly mobile

World Health Organisation figures suggest that since the outbreak began in August 2018, 1,632 cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in the country, while 1,048 people have died.

But Rory Stewart – who was named international development secretary earlier this month – warned that amid the epidemic, health centres were being attacked by armed gangs.

Ebola Aid Workers Working Under 'Terrifying Conditions' Amid Armed Attacks On Health Centres © Reuters A healthcare worker sprays a room during a funeral of Kavugho Cindi Dorcas who is suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo

“Ebola is back,” Stewart said in a video published on Twitter on Wednesday.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the frontline health workers,” he continued.

Ebola Aid Workers Working Under 'Terrifying Conditions' Amid Armed Attacks On Health Centres © Reuters

“It’s terrifying operating in the eastern Congo at the moment, partly because of the number of armed groups that are attacking those health centres.”

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Armed attacks by militants, distrust of western medicine and a growing funding gap has been crippling the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which warned that the situation risks spiraling out of control.

It comes after the International Rescue Committee – led by former Labour MP David Miliband – warned that three of its health centre triages had been burned down in recent months.

Meanwhile, the government in the DRC has urged countries donating money to the crisis response not to publicise the amount over fears that it will put frontline health workers at greater risk of attack.

Ebola Aid Workers Working Under 'Terrifying Conditions' Amid Armed Attacks On Health Centres © Getty Medical staff check each others protective suits Miliband, who recently returned from a trip to the DRC, described the ebola outbreak as an “unprecedented challenge” for the country – but warned that the committee had been forced to scale down its response following a series of “targeted and alarming attacks”.

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Health officials are worried even more people will become infected in the outbreak as attacks disrupt treatment efforts. While two Doctors Without Borders facilities treating Ebola patients in North Kivu province were attacked last week, aid workers said they are only the latest in a series of violent

Ebola outbreak ravaging the Congo will spread if health workers battling the killer virus continue to be violently attacked , World Health Organization warns. Armed militia and mistrust is making progress to stop the virus 'impossible'. Each time the response is halted, there is a spike in cases, agencies said.

“This ebola outbreak, taking place in an area of active conflict with widespread poverty and deep political divisions, is an unprecedented challenge for the government and people of DRC, and for the international community,” he said.

“The situation is far more dangerous than the statistic of 1,000 deaths… and the suspension of key services threatens to create a lethal inflection point in the trajectory of the disease.”

Milband added: “The danger is that the number of cases spirals out of control, despite a proven vaccine and treatment.”

The UK government estimates that, to date, more than 114,000 people have been vaccinated against the disease in the DRC.

The outbreak has been classes as the “second worst in history”. Between 2013 and 2016, more than 11,000 people died in an ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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