Groups halt Ebola work in Congo

Groups halt Ebola work in Congo

- in Health, News
A nurse working with the World Health Organization shows a bottle containing Ebola vaccine at the town all of Mbandaka, DR Congo on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. PHOTO | JUNIOR KANNAH | AFP

GOMA,

The death toll from a weekend attack in DR Congo’s restive east rose to 21 on Monday, with the violence prompting aid groups to suspend their Ebola work in the area.

The bloodshed occurred on Saturday in Beni, a flashpoint city in North Kivu region. The Congolese army has blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a notorious rebel militia.

GUNS, MACHETES

The latest violence, which sparked local anger, comes just three months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country’s deeply-contested president.

It also prompted NGOs in Beni working to fight the spread of Ebola to halt their work following a health ministry request, although Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was operating as normal in treatment centres some 30-50 kilometres (20-30 miles) outside the city.

Witnesses said Saturday’s violence began in the city centre in the late afternoon with the attackers using guns and machetes.

An initial army estimate put the toll at 18 dead, including 14 civilians and four soldiers, but later raised it to 21, including 17 civilians.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

DCI summons KPC MD over Sh1.8 billion Kisumu oil jetty scandal

The DCI has summoned Kenya Pipeline Company MD