Geneva, 3 May 2019 (MIA/dpa) – The number of Ebola deaths in Congo is set to pass the 1,000 mark, said the World Health Organization on Friday.
The grim milestone approaches as health care workers battle to contain the deadly disease amid attacks on their clinics and staff.
“The security has become a major impediment,” said Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.
Numerous militia groups operate in eastern Congo, most fighting over the country’s rich natural resources.
Treatment centers have been burned, and on April 19, a WHO epidemiologist, Richard Mouzoko, was killed by armed men.
Authorities and aid groups have also had to deal with a local population suspicious of health workers.
The current outbreak in eastern Congo is the second-largest ever.
On Thursday, the country’s health ministry put the total number of cases at 1,510 and the number of dead people at 994.
Ebola is a highly infectious disease that causes a fever and often leads to massive internal bleeding and death.