FAJAR.CO.ID – The number of deaths from ebola outbreaks that have occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to increase. This happened because the violence that had happened made it difficult for health workers to fight the virus.
According to the Ministry of Health of the Congo, by mid-November there were at least 358 cases of Ebola and 213 deaths since the epidemic again began to be known in August.
The handling of outbreaks has been interrupted by conflicts between militant groups and government forces in some of the areas most affected by the outbreak.
The CNN reported this weekend, the latest incident occurred on Friday night when armed groups attempted to attack the UN peacekeeping forces in the city of Beni in the province of North Kivu, which was the epicenter of the outbreak.
The attack took place near the Ebola Response Emergency Response Center and the hotel where Ebola-based healthcare workers lived.
Peacekeepers succeeded in attacking the attacker after several hours of conflict, but all field work was halted in the Beni region this weekend due to violence. The Emergency Operations Center remains closed and the teams have to stay in their hotel. [jto]