Arson attack on an Ebola treatment center in DRC

The last arson attack on an Ebola treatment center run by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo caused evacuation of the center in the Katwa district. Katwa is the area that was worst hit by an Ebola outbreak.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that aid workers faced mistrust in some areas, instigated by false rumors about treatment and preference for traditional medicine.

“As a result of the burning of the building, it is no longer possible to care for patients there,” MSF twitted on Monday.

“None of the patients or staff were harmed,” the World Health Organisation said.

Since July 2018, 546 Ebola deaths have been reported, with most of the cases registered in Katwa near the DRC’s border with Uganda.

This is not the first attack on teams of volunteers providing assistance to those infected with the Ebola virus. Three volunteers with the Congolese Red Cross were attacked on October 2018 as they helped with the burial of an Ebola victim in eastern Congo. Two months later, political protesters looted a nearby Ebola isolation center.

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