DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (INTELLIHUB) — Militant rebels have attacked a number of medical facilities that were set up to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region in an attempt to exploit the situation.
At least five Ebola treatment centers have been attacked by rebels in recent days.
The latest attack occurred last Saturday which ended with the death of one police officer and an injured World Health Organization member.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement on Saturday: “It breaks my heart to think of the health workers injured and a police officer who died in today’s attack, as we continue to mourn those who died in previous attacks, while defending the right to health,” Tedros said. “But we have no choice except to continue serving the people here, who are among the most vulnerable in the world.”
The director-general confirms that rebels are “exploiting the desperation of the situation” and are using it to their advantage, as reported by CNN.
Reports say that nearly 1000 people have now contracted the hemorrhagic fever in what appears to be the worst outbreak in history.