Congo: Ebola Health Workers Threaten Strike After Locals Kill Doctor…(3 Back To Back Attacks…)

Friday, April 26, 2019
By Paul Martin

25 Apr 2019

Doctors working to treat victims of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marched in protest on Wednesday demanding the government offer them more security after a local mob attacked an Ebola treatment center and killed three, including a prominent doctor.

Many residents of North Kivu province, where the outbreak has affected the largest number of citizens, believe that Ebola is a fabricated disease and that Western charities attempting to treat patients are actually killing them, luring them to their deaths with the promise of medical care. Some believe Ebola exists but was created in Western laboratories to kill Africans, and doctors treating Ebola are injecting healthy people with the disease. DRC President Felix Tshisekedi delivered a national address last week imploring citizens to believe that Ebola is “not an imaginary disease” and stop attacking doctors.

The doctors and other medical workers protesting on Wednesday are demanding an end to the attacks and threatening to go on strike if they continue. The protest occurred in Butembo, North Kivu, a key location for tracking and treating Ebola. According to La Libre, the number of medical personnel participating in the protest numbered in the dozens. Protesters held poster that read “Ebola exists” and “we say no to violence.”

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