Thursday , October 21 2021 – News – Ebola: Resumption of the fight against the epidemic in Beni


The mobilization against the Ebola epidemic in the Beni region in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo was resumed after a short suspension due to armed clashes, and announced the World Health Organization on Sunday (WHO).

"On Sunday, all activities have been restored, including vaccination," the WHO said in a statement.

On Saturday, the Congolese Ministry of Health announced that the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Beni was suspended after the clashes of the previous day, "a few meters from the Emergency Center and hotels where several teams are kept."

hit by a shell

On Friday evening, United Nations peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) pushed off the new offensive attributed to the armed ADF group "after several hours of clashes" in the neighborhood of Boikene, at the northern entrance to Beni, said the Congolese Ministry of Health.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which since 2014 have massacred hundreds of civilians and killed at least seven peacekeepers this week, wanted to "attack one of the Monusco bases" according to this Congolese official document. .

On Sunday, two civilians were killed in an ADF attack in Mukoko, 36 km north of Beni, informed the source of civil society.

WHO reminded that sixteen employees in Beni had to be evacuated to Goma, another town in the eastern part of the DRC, for psychological care. The shell that did not explode touched the villa they occupied on Friday evening.

Dr Michel Yao, coordinator of the fight against the Ebola virus in Beni, told the AFP on Saturday that he had no injuries and he did not know if the shell came from a UN force camp, the Congolese army or rebels.

Since the outbreak of August 1, the Ebola outbreak in Beni killed 213 people.

"WHO will continue to work with the Ministry of Congo Health and our partners to end the Ebola outbreak," said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement issued on Sunday. , deploring the "continuing threats to the security of those who are still working on its liquidation".

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