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DR Congo Health Minister resigns in Ebola series



  Oly Ilunga. Photo: 15 July 2019

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Oly Ilunga violates ethics and interference in his letter of termination

The Health Minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo resigned in protest of the Ebola outbreak in the east of the country.

In his resignation, Oly Ilunga condemned a decision by President Félix Tshisekedi to replace him as head of the Ebola Response Team.

He also criticized what he described as external pressure to introduce a new experimental Ebola vaccine.

The outbreak killed more than 1

,700 people last year.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

An Ebola epidemic devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016, killing more than 11,000 people.

Why is Mr. Ilunga resigning? [19659013] In his letter to Félix Tshisekedi, he criticized the decision to depose him as head of the Ebola Response Team and replace it with a committee "under your direct supervision."

He said members of this committee had disrupted his work in recent months.

He also condemned the "strong pressure that has been exerted in recent months" to use a new Ebola vaccine, which was endorsed by some aid organizations and donors.

He said the current vaccine is the only one with clinically proven efficacy.

How bad is the situation in DR Congo?

The latest outbreak – the second largest of all times – began in August 2018, affecting two provinces in DR Congo, North Kivu and Ituri.

More than 2,500 people have been infected and two-thirds of them have died.

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Media Signature Treatment of Ebola in the DR Congo War Zone

It took 224 days for the number of cases to reach 1,000, but only 71 days to reach 2,000.

Every day about 12 new cases are reported.

Does the vaccine work?

Yes. According to the World Health Organization, it is 97% effective and has been administered to more than 161,000 people.

However, not all are vaccinated – only those who come in direct contact with an Ebola patient and people who come in contact with them.

The response to the recent outbreak has been hampered by sporadic attacks on health workers and conspiracy theories about the current vaccine.

It was developed during the epidemic in West Africa and was available during the recent outbreak

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