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The Ebola response in Congo fails to contain outbreaks, warns MSF – Punch Newspapers

Efforts to fight the Democratic Republic of Congo's worst Ebola outbreak strangle, medical examination MSF warned on Thursday that blamed the role of security forces in the response and their "toxic" relationships with local communities. Seven months into the outbreak, "the Ebola response does not respond to getting the epidemic under control," said doctors without borders in a statement. It stated that more than 40 percent of deaths occur in communities rather than in Ebola treatment centers. "That means we have not reached them and they have not sought our care," said MSF manager Joanne Liu to reporters in Geneva. The outbreak occurred in northern Kivu in August and spread then to the nearby Ituri province. ALSO SEE: Police Prosecution 1 4 for Sharing Murder Video It has claimed 561 lives of 894 registered cases, according to the latest DRC Health Department figures. Security in easte Liu warned that increasing dependence on the security service to get people to treatment centers was a leap in hostility. "The existing atmosphere can only be described as poisonous", she said, adding that this "shows how s was not able to listen and deal with the most affected. " Her comments came when MSF interrupted their activities at two treatment centers in northern Kivu after the sites were " Ebola respondents are increasingly seen as the enemy, "Liu said. Only once a month she said that There had been more than 30 attacks and incidents involving parts of the Ebola response. – "Counterproductive" –…

Efforts to fight the Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst Ebola outbreak strangle, medical examination MSF warned on Thursday that blamed the role of security forces in the response and their “toxic” relationships with local communities.

Seven months into the outbreak, “the Ebola response does not respond to getting the epidemic under control,” said doctors without borders in a statement.

It stated that more than 40 percent of deaths occur in communities rather than in Ebola treatment centers.

“That means we have not reached them and they have not sought our care,” said MSF manager Joanne Liu to reporters in Geneva.

The outbreak occurred in northern Kivu in August and spread then to the nearby Ituri province.

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It has claimed 561 lives of 894 registered cases, according to the latest DRC Health Department figures.

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Liu warned that increasing dependence on the security service to get people to treatment centers was a leap in hostility.

“The existing atmosphere can only be described as poisonous”, she said, adding that this “shows how s was not able to listen and deal with the most affected. “

Her comments came when MSF interrupted their activities at two treatment centers in northern Kivu after the sites were

” Ebola respondents are increasingly seen as the enemy, “Liu said.

Only once a month she said that There had been more than 30 attacks and incidents involving parts of the Ebola response.

– “Counterproductive” – ​​
An attack by armed men at one of the centers last week in Butembo forced their temporary closure, but the Ministry of Health said Monday that The center would resume.

It also said that repairs would begin at the center of Katwa, northern Kivu, which was interrupted on the night of February 24.

MSF, operating throughout the DRC, is considering continuing operations within the two areas but intend to avoid the use of security personnel on site or in the rounding of patients, Liu said.

“Some local health professionals have told us that d E lives in fear of being associated with the answer, “she said, emphasizing that” the use of coercion adds fuel to this. “

” Using the police to force people to conform to health measures is not just unethical. It’s totally counterproductive, she says.

“The effectiveness of this Ebola response will depend on whether it is considered legitimate and credible.”

While almost half of all outbreaks occur in treatment centers, another alarm clock is the fact that more than one third of new cases occur outside known transmission chains.

This means we do not know how they are, Lieu says.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak is the 10th in DRC’s history and the second largest ever played worldwide.

The worst outbreak centered in West Africa from 2013 to 2016 killed more than 11,000 people.

(AFP)

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