The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Health Ministry has reported that teams responding to the latest Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on the average.
It says the level of violence is the deadliest in the country’s nine previous outbreaks of the deadly virus.
The Coordinator of the outbreak response, Dr. Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe, said this to Journalists after a weekend marked by deadly rebel attacks and violent protests that suspended Ebola containment efforts in the epicenter of the outbreak.
In one attack, two health agents with Congo’s military were killed by rebels.
The next day, residents of Beni protested another rebel attack that killed 15 civilians.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, is outraged by the violence against health workers and is calling on all armed groups to immediately stop the attacks.
The number of confirmed Ebola cases in the current outbreak is 203, including 120 deaths.