In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the number of Ebola dead has risen to over 200. By August, 291 cases of Ebola have been confirmed and 201 deaths have been reported, said the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa on Saturday. About half of the cases were registered in the city of 800,000 in the troubled North Kivu province of Uganda. According to the ministry, more than 28,000 people have been vaccinated against the disease.
The UN had called on the region armed groups on Friday to prevent the fight against highly contagious virus disease. Health Minister Ilunga tells about repeated threats, attacks and kidnappings involving two assistants.
The measure called on Medeor to increase the world community to care for the availability of poor health care. Speaking to WHO on Thursday and Friday in Kazakhstan, Bernd Pastors, spokesman for the Executive Committee's Executive Committee, said: "Although the global community has made great strides, we are now seeing better access to the health of the poor."
Forty years ago, over 100 WHO Member States had signed a declaration that health is a human right, said Action Medeor. Millions of poor people in the world are still dying of diseases that are easy to handle. In many parts of the world there is a shortage of healthcare workers, hospitals and medicines.
The devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa about five years ago shows that combating individual diseases such as AIDS or malaria is not profitable, emphasized the pastors. Only a well-functioning and well-equipped healthcare system can protect people. Good basic health care, including immunization and malnutrition, could significantly reduce the deaths of children and provide everyone with a fairer health status.
By the end of 2013, the devastating Ebola epidemic had hit several West African states. In the following months, about 11,300 people died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It is the tenth outbreak of the DRC in the Democratic Republic of Congo because the disease was first detected in the country in 1976.
Ebola is often a fatal viral disease. The transmission is made by direct contact with the infected body fluids. (AFP, dpa, epd)