WOMEN – A senior World Health Organization official warns that efforts to counter the spread of deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo will remain elusive if it does not break the vicious cycle of violence in the region. The latest WHO data indicate the number of Ebola cases at 2284, including 1540 deaths and 637 survivors.
Assistant Director of the World Health Organization for Emergency Response Ibrahima Soce Fall says good progress has been made in increasing operations to suppress the spread of deadly Ebola virus in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, affected by the conflicts.
The fall has just returned from a three-month stay in Butembu, epicenter of the epidemic of Ebola in DR Congo. He says there were 79 new cases of Ebola last week, 27 less than the previous week. He says infections continue to decline in the major urban centers of Butemba and Katwa thanks to coverage in all 33 health areas.
At the same time, the VOA says, the operation faces difficulties in rural areas Mabalako and Mandima, new focal points of the epidemic.
"Access is more challenging. In the same area we have some villages where you also have Armed Groups of ADF coming from Uganda and some Mai Mai groups, "Fall said. Therefore, access should be evaluated on a daily basis so that intervention can take place. So it is really important to consider this very unstable situation. "
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The East Democratic Republic of Congo has been politically unstable since 1998. It is estimated that 4.5 million internally displaced persons are in the country. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that the new displacement mostly occurs in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North and South Kivu. More than 100 armed groups allegedly participated in sporadic fighting in the region.
The fall says that permanent and skillful negotiations with armed groups are needed to gain access to these unstable areas.
"The epidemic began there last year and spread to other areas," Fall said. "It is therefore important to break this enchanted circle to keep the situation in Mabalak and Mandim very fast, where we have more than 55 percent of cases out of it."
The fall says it will be extremely difficult to keep the virus if more money does not arrive immediately. He says $ 98 million is needed to support the government's response to the loss of the Ebola. To date it says that less than half of that amount was received.