19 November 2018

Congo-Kinshasa: WHO Statement on Latest Attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo

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MONUSCO peacekeepers in Beni territory, North Kivu, Democratic Repbulic of the Congo.
press release

Following deadly attacks on Friday in the town of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ebola response activities are continuing.

While all WHO, Ministry of Health and partner staff are safe and accounted for, 16 WHO staff were evacuated to Goma for psychological care after their residence was hit by a shell which did not explode.

Ebola response operations were on-going but limited in Beni on Saturday.

Vaccination was suspended and the operations centre was closed, but teams still went out into the communities to follow up on some alerts of potential cases, to meet contacts and ensure they are still well, and to bring sick people to treatment centres. The treatment centers, which are run by partners, remained operational.

The response was not affected in areas outside Beni. On Sunday, all activities have re-launched, including vaccination.

"WHO will continue to work side-by-side with the ministry and our partners to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

"We honour the memory of those who have died battling this outbreak, and deplore the continuing threats on the security of those still working to end it."

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