More than 600 Ebola Deaths in Congo

Ebola virus is among the most dangerous pathogens in the world. In the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 600 people have already died from the disease. So far, the North would have been in the province of Kivu is 960 people with the dangerous Virus, said the Congolese Ministry of health. Around 300 people were healed after the treatment under the strictest safety precautions.

Since August, some 90,000 people received in the Region of in addition, an experimental vaccine against Ebola, the Ministry said.

The number of new Infections was last dropped significantly. For this reason, the world health organization (WHO) hopes to get the epidemic within the next six months under control. The outbreak in North Kivu is the second heaviest of the dangerous disease. In the case of the most serious epidemic in West Africa, more than 11,000 people came 2014/2015 killed.

Distrust of the helpers

In the unstable area in the East of the country, several armed groups are active, a lot of places are, therefore, for the helper is not accessible. The population is set the helpers to many of the enemy.

This is partly due to a Long-standing distrust of the authorities, as well as the fact that helpers may occur due to the precarious security situation and partly military.

In February, it had come to the aid organisation Doctors without borders, an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the. According to the Ministry of health of the country, many patients fled from the attackers.

“This attack has brought not only the lives of Ebola patients and their families in danger but also the staff of Doctors without borders and the Ministry of health”, said Hugues Robert, of Doctors without borders. The armed attackers had been involved in a firefight with security forces.