Ebola response in Congo hampered by violence, 'toxic' security situation - Doctors Without Borders

2019-03-07 19:41
Health workers perform medical checkups on a new unconfirmed Ebola patient inside a newly-built MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported ebola treatment centre in Bunia, DRC. (John Wessels/AFP)

Health workers perform medical checkups on a new unconfirmed Ebola patient inside a newly-built MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported ebola treatment centre in Bunia, DRC. (John Wessels/AFP)

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Dakar – Doctors Without Borders is warning that the effort to control Congo's Ebola outbreak is hampered by a "toxic" security situation including a series of attacks on its treatment centres.

The international organisation's president, Joanne Liu, told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that there have been some "30 different incidents and attacks against elements of the response".

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The medical aid group has temporarily suspended its operations at two of its centres after attackers set fire to them.

Liu criticised the militarisation of the situation, saying on Thursday that police and security forces are trying to force people to comply with health authorities.

Even after nearly seven months, she says more than 40% of the deaths are still taking place in communities rather than at Ebola treatment centres.

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