Medics Attacked by people in Ebola-infected village as outbreak spread

Angry villagers from the North Kivu area of the Democratic Republic of Congo attacked two volunteers from the Red Cross. They were severely injured in that incident.

It comes as authorities and aid workers in the country desperately try to contain the latest outbreak of the deadly disease.

So far, In the Democratic Republic of Congo at least 106 people have died after the first cases were reported in August.

The Red Cross said its workers have faced numerous incidents of anger from people resisting are burials of those who have died from the disease.

When a person dies from Ebola disease, it is necessary to properly bury their bodies as the corpses are still contagious.

But Congolese tradition is that mourners will often hug and touch the bodies of loved ones when they are laid to rest.

Medics ATTACKED by people in Ebola-infected village as outbreak spread

Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Red Cross Regional Director for Africa said, “This is an awful reminder of the dangers that these volunteer safe and dignified burials teams face.

“While we categorically denounce the attack on our colleagues, we understand the fear and frustration that many communities in North Kivu feel right now.

“People are scared and there are many rumours circulating that only serve to heighten the sense of fear and distrust.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general warned of the struggle to contain the latest Ebola outbreak.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the United Nations Security Council: “Small but significant numbers of people refuse active follow-up, or refuse to be treated in the Ebola treatment units.

“We are working closely with religious leaders, youth and women’s groups and with the families themselves to overcome this obstacle.”

Medics ATTACKED by people in Ebola-infected village as outbreak spread

Last Week, the World Health Organization announced it had revised its Ebola risk assessment in the Democratic Republic of Congo from “high” to “very high”.