200 People Ebola Epidemic Died in Congo
Congo's national health authorities say the vaccination program has so far infiltrated around 25,000 people. But health minister Oly Ilunga said the armed insurgents continue to disturb the medical team.
In September, when the rebel groups launched an attack that lasted several hours, the vaccinations were stopped. The Congo has suffered from many years of civil war and political turmoil.
The current Ebola outbreak, which started in July, is the 10th time since its inception in 1976. Ebola virus is spread by small amounts of body fluids and evidence that infections are often fatal.
In the latest update, the ministry of health said that 291 cases were confirmed and 201 deaths were recorded. Members of the UN peacekeepers in the country asked the armed groups not to prevent medical workers from fighting the disease.
Mr. Ilunga said on Friday that the team was confronted with "threats, physical assaults, equipment and the recurrent destruction of kidnappings".
"Two of our colleagues in Rapid Response Medical Unit were killed in the attacks," he added.
Last week, World Health Organization General Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the lack of security was the biggest challenge in the fight against the current Ebola epidemic. [BBC/U-5]