In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the number of Ebola deaths has risen to more than 200. Since August, 291 cases of Ebola have been confirmed and 201 deaths have been reported, the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa said on Saturday. About half of the cases were recorded in the city of Ben in 800,000 people in the restless province of North Kivu at the border with Uganda. According to the ministry, the vaccine is against 28,000 people.
The UN has called on armed groups in the region on Friday to not interfere with the fight against highly contagious viral diseases. According to Ilona Ilong's Minister of Health, threats, attacks and kidnappings in which two assistants were killed were repeated.
The Medeor action called for further efforts by the world community to provide access to health care for the poor. Speaking at a WHO World Health Organization meeting on Thursday and Friday in Kazakhstan, Bernd Pastors, a spokeswoman for the executive committee for humanitarian organization, said: "Although the global community has made great progress, we now have a growing access to health care for the poorer people."
Forty years ago, more than 100 WHO member states signed a Declaration on Human Rights Health, said Action Medeor. Millions of poor people around the world continue to die from easily treatable diseases. In many parts of the world there is a shortage of health workers, hospitals and medicines.
The devastating epidemic of Ebola in West Africa about five years ago shows that fighting individual diseases such as AIDS or malaria is not worth it, the shepherds pointed out. Only a functional and well-equipped health care system can protect people. Good primary health care, including immunization and malnutrition, could significantly reduce the death of a child, while at the same time providing a more just health condition for everyone.
By the end of 2013, the devastating epidemic of Ebola was hit by several West African states. In the following months, some 11,300 people died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It's the 10th outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the disease was first discovered in the country in 1976.
Ebola is often a fatal viral disease. Transmission occurs by direct contact with the body fluids of the infected person. (AFP, dpa, EPD)