In the coming days, David Gressly, the United Nations Ebola Emergency Coordinator, will travel to New York City to speak at the 74th United Nations General Assembly and ask for resources to discuss the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRK) to finish. Gressly announced his travel plans on his first visit to Ituri Province yesterday, following his appointment as the Response Coordinator earlier this summer, according to the UN peacekeeping organization MONUSCO , According to Gressly, the Ebola treatment center in Komanda has become a focal point of the outbreak and the region will need more staff in the coming weeks at Idohu Forest, in southwestern Irumu territory, there is community resistance to emergency forces.
"Ebola is a reality, not a chimera," Gressly said, calling on people to get in touch with response workers.
Faith leaders complain of lack of commitment
The lack of trust in the community could be a missed opportunity for world actors to quickly involve leaders in the efforts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to respond, according to a press release from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).
Leaders met in Goma earlier this month to discuss their role in preventing outbreaks and found that in the violent eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, faith leaders are becoming more trusted than government officials and outsiders.
"We are happy with the miracles of medicine to find a vaccine to cure this deadly disease, but a cure brings no hope when anxious people have no confidence in the health teams administering the drug," said the Catholic bishop by Goma, Willy Ngumbi, at the Goma meeting. "Without such a work of faith communities that have the confidence of the local population, hundreds, if not thousands more people will die from Ebola, and the disease could get out of control." Unlike international actors, faith communities will remain in the region long after the eruption and play an important role in supporting Ebola survivors, he added.
Seven new cases, totaling 3,1
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola Dahsboard, 7 new cases and 5 new deaths have been confirmed today, increasing the total number of outbreaks to 3,157 cases, including 2,111 deaths.
A total of 501 cases were suspected to be under investigation.
20. September MONUSCO press release
20. September CAFOD press release
WHO Ebola Dashboard