Sunday, May 9, 2021
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Ebola Epidemic in DRC could Spread to International Borders Due to Insecurity,...

Ebola Epidemic in DRC could Spread to International Borders Due to Insecurity, Underfunding

It is urging the international community to redouble its efforts to contain this deadly virus before it escalates further

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warns the Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to urban areas and across international borders because of heightened insecurity and a serious shortage of money. DR Congo Ministry of Health reports 1,739 cases, including 1,147 deaths, which indicates a 66 percent fatality rate.

The Ebola epidemic in conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces started 40 weeks ago on August 1. What is particularly frightening about the latest situation report is that 20 percent of overall cases have occurred in just the last three weeks.

The International Red Cross Federation finds this sharp upsurge alarming. It is urging the international community to redouble its efforts to contain this deadly virus before it escalates further.

Ebola
An Ebola health worker is seen at a treatment center in Beni, Eastern Congo, April, 16, 2019. The World Health Organization is warning it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue. VOA

The IFRC’s Director of Health and Care, Emanuele Capobianco, says the Ebola response faces a double jeopardy of insecurity and critical underfunding. He says the security situation is complex and will require a range of responses. But he notes the funding situation could be fixed now.

“At the moment, the financial situation for many of the humanitarian organizations is quite dire,” he said. “There is a real need to step up the response. Otherwise, activities will have to be scaled down and the impact on the future of the epidemic will be extremely serious.”

People who get infected with the deadly virus have a very high risk of dying. Studies from the 2014 historic outbreak in West Africa show that between 60 and 80 percent cases were linked to Ebola-infected bodies at traditional burials. Capobianco says Red Cross efforts to provide communities with safe and dignified burials are meeting with increasing success.

ebola, congo
FILE PHOTO: Health workers carry a newly admitted confirmed Ebola patient into a treatment center in Butembo in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2019. VOA

“Up to now, there have been up to 5,000 safe and dignified burials conducted and they are conducted for, as I mentioned before, the people who died either in the community or the Ebola treatment centers of Ebola confirmed,” he said. Also, for people who may be just suspected of Ebola. And, that is why the number of 5,000 is so high. That is a critical part of the work that we have done and which, at the moment is threatened by the lack of funding.”

ALSO READ: Ebola may Continue to Affect other Provinces if Attacks Don’t Stop, Warns WHO

Capobianco says the Red Cross has received less than half of the $30 million it needs to carry out its Ebola-control activities across affected parts of DR Congo, as well as preparedness efforts in neighboring Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.

He warns Red Cross operations will be forced to close within the next two weeks without additional urgent investment. (VOA)

STAY CONNECTED

19,511FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Scientific Significance Of Coconut Breaking Ritual

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY Breaking a coconut for Gods and Goddesses is a popular ritual in India, and it has a significant religious significance in Hinduism....

AI Based Tech To Detect Sarcasm On Social Media Platforms

Computer science researchers including one of Indian-origin at the University of Central Florida have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based sarcasm detector for posts on...

Victimization Of Social Activists & Dissidents In Pak-Occupied J&K

At a hurriedly called press conference in Nakyal on May 6 in Pakistani Occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK), Awami Workers Party leader Nissar Shah advocate...

WhatsApp: Lose Functions Or Accept The Privacy Policy

Facing criticism over its upcoming privacy policy, WhatsApp has said that its users will not immediately lose their accounts or face curtailed functionalities on...

The Fascinating Journey Of Polo Player, DJ and designer Rina Shah

Having become one of the few professional female Polo players in India, that too in her late thirties, along with being an entrepreneur, shoe...

Ashtottaram 50) OṀ HINDUBHŨMYAI NAMAH

By Devakinandan  Ashtottaram 50) OṀ HINDUBHŨMYAI NAMAH: Ashtottaram 50: OṀ (AUM)-HIN-ḊU-BHOO-MYAI—NA-MA-HA   ॐ हिन्दुभूम्यै नमः                                  (Hindu: One who rejects untruth) Hinduism is a major religious and cultural...

‘Books From India Are My Gift To The World’, Says Ray McLennan

In 1998, Ray McLennan, who till then had been importing into the UK "all sorts of things" from India like musical instruments, saris, tilak,...

This Mothers’ Day Spoil Your Mom With An Unforgettable Meal

There may not be a heart as pure and loving as our mom's. Our mother is our 'Superhero'; she is a great multi-tasker, and...

Recent Comments