The World Health Organization has issued a warning and said that it might not be possible to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two provinces in the eastern region of Congo have been affected. It would continue to spread if the violent attacks on health workers and treatment centers keep on happening. On Friday, WHO said that it was highly unlikely that the virus would manage to get contained in a successful manner? This is particularly in the regions of North Kivu and Ituri.
The recent outbreak happens to be the second-worst in the recorded times of history and has gone on to kill 1105 people till date. The Director-General of WHO is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He said that he was worried by the recent trends of this outbreak in a profound manner. The increase in the rates of transmission tends to raise the risk of Ebola spreading across the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the countries surrounding it. He further said that they have the technical expertise to prevent Ebola. Still, the problem is, till the parties stop attacking the response groups, it would be extremely difficult to end this outbreak.
President of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband also issued a statement on Friday. He said that in the midst of all the violence, the outbreak has now posed quite an unprecedented challenge for Congo. The highly volatile environment was making things very difficult to make any kind of progress against the disease. The recorded number of cases have kept on rising in the midst of rising insecurity, which has been culminating in a record number of 126 cases. These were reported over a period of seven days that ended on 28th April, which ultimately prompted WHO to issue the warning.
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