Deadly Ebola cases are on the rise and about 1000 cases are being reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently. It is a city of one million residents. The threat of this disease is rising and health responders are struggling to prevent this disease. Thousands of people have been vaccinated but the disease continues to affect many.
Since August, this outbreak is raging in Ituri and North Kivu provinces of the country; i.e. the eastern sides of the country which border Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, etc. 1009 cases of Ebola were reported by the World Health Organization, where 944 were confirmed and 65 were probable cases. It included 629 deaths as well. This report was generated by the WHO on March 23. This outbreak is one of the largest outbreaks of all time. In 2014, there was an outbreak in West Africa where 28,000 cases were involved and 11,000 deaths had taken place. That was the biggest known Ebola outbreak and now, this one is the second largest.
Lingering distrust and violent attacks have hampered the health responses during this outbreak. Some militants attacked a treatment center in North Kivu’s Butembo city earlier this month. It injured health workers and a police officer was also killed. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), last month, suspended medical responses after hearing about two more attacks on health centers. In both these attacks, the facilities were partially burnt down by unidentified assailants.
The reasons behind these attacks are not clear yet, but such violent acts are fearful and unacceptable. Doctors say that it is becoming difficult to treat people because of such attacks. Officials at the WHO have called for new efforts for controlling this Ebola outbreak. They say that despite these increasing attacks, WHO will keep working with different communities to end this disease as soon as possible. They also added that they will need strong support from international communities for this. Till now, about 96,000 people have been vaccinated against this deadly disease, despite the attacks by the armed forces.