Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC)

Ebola treatment center in Congo faces first militia attack

In this image, an armed police officer stands watch in an arched doorway that looks outside.
A police officer stands guard at the Butembo Ebola treatment center following an attack on March 9, 2019. Photo: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Militia members armed with machetes tried to burn down an Ebola treatment center in Katwa overnight, as stated by a Congolese official on Saturday and reported by the Associated Press.

The big picture: This was the first militia attack against the Katwa center, per the AP. Hours earlier, a doctor was killed and 2 hospital workers were injured in an attack on the other primary Ebola treatment center in Butembo. A police officer was killed at the Butembo center during a similar attack in March. These ongoing attacks, part of widespread civil unrest and community resistance to treatment, are occurring in the midst of the second-largest Ebola outbreak on record, with more than 1,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever so far.

Doctor treating Ebola victims killed during attack in Congo

A man in the Congo is being checked for Ebola
Photo: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images)

A doctor was killed and 2 hospital workers were injured on Friday during an attack on a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while they were working with Ebola virus victims, the World Health Organization announced.

The backdrop: This is not the first attack on a hospital that is treating Ebola victims during the second-largest Ebola virus outbreak on record. WHO has yet to declare its highest alert: "Public Health Emergency of International Concern," despite at least 1,000 cases of Ebola confirmed in the Congo.

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