DR Congo health minister resigns over Ebola crisis

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Oly Ilunga has quit his position as health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the handling of the Ebola outbreak in the country’s eastern region.

Before his resignation, the minister was stripped of his responsibility after President Félix Tshisekedi decided to replace him as the head of the Ebola response team.

In a resignation letter posted on his Twitter account, Oly Ilunga noted that there was an “interference in the management of the response” to the outbreak.

He also condemned what he described as “strong pressure exercised in recent months” to deploy a second Ebola vaccine advocated by some aid agencies and donors.

According to DRC’s health ministry, the Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,700 people – more than two-thirds of those who contracted it – since it emerged in the country’s eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces August last year.

It is the second-largest ever outbreak in the country. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

 

 




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