A former Congolese health minister was taken into custody on Saturday over alleged mismanagement of funds for the country’s response to the Ebola epidemic, police said.
People who survive Ebola virus infection face a dramatically higher risk of dying, probably from severe kidney damage, within a year of leaving hospital, according to a study of survivors of an epidemic in Guinea.
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres is in the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor the response of the Ebola outbreak that has now claimed 2000 lives since August last year.
The death toll from Democratic Republic of Congo’s year-long Ebola outbreak has climbed to more than 2 000, government data showed on Friday, as responders battle to overcome community mistrust and widespread security problems.
Congolese authorities and health workers vaccinated more than 200 000 people against Ebola in August, the government said on Sunday, using a Merck vaccine they hope will help rein in the world’s second worst epidemic.