Ebola is ‘not under control’

The head of a medical charity that is at the forefront of dealing with the Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for a “change of gear” in the approach.

A Congolese health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccine, outside the house of a victim who died from Ebola in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Olivia Acland/File Photo
A Congolese health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccine, outside the house of a victim who died from Ebola in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Olivia Acland/File Photo

A statement from Joanne Liu, the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), came after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola crisis a “public health emergency of international concern”.

“The signs are clear, people are still dying in the communities, health workers are still infected, and transmission is still going on,” Dr Liu said.

“The epidemic is not under control.”

Contact tracing does not appear to be working, she added.

MSF is calling for “better access to vaccination for the population” over all.

At the moment, vaccines area available for front-line health workers, people who have been in contact with Ebola patients and others who may be in danger. BBC News