Doctors fighting Ebola in the Congo are forced to wear disguises to avoid being SHOT by militiamen as the death toll of killer outbreak climbs to 1,161

Friday, May 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

Medics ditching their scrubs and lying about their jobs to avoid conflict in Congo
Militiamen believe Ebola is a conspiracy against them and are attacking workers
Death toll 1,161 while infection count shot to 1,760 on Thursday, officials said

17 May 2019

‘Our staff has to lie about being doctors in order to treat people,’ Tariq Riebel, emergency response director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), told The Washington Post.

The Congo is currently facing the second deadliest outbreak of the killer virus ever, with the death toll climbing to 1,161 on Thursday.

The infection count, meanwhile, has shot to 1,760, Congo’s Ministry of Health said.

Armed militiamen believe Ebola is a conspiracy against them and have repeatedly attacked health workers battling the epidemic.

There have been 119 attacks this year against aid workers, with eighty-five being wounded or killed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

It comes as aid groups warn they could run out of money in weeks.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said that unless it gets more funding it won’t be able to continue providing support to crews burying Ebola victims.

Funerals were a major source of virus transmission during the worst ever Ebola epidemic in 2014-2016.

Each Ebola burial costs the equivalent of £400 for, among other things, the protective gear for workers.

The Congo Ebola epidemic has escalated sharply over the past month.

The health ministry says 20 per cent of all cases since August have been reported in just the last three weeks.

Health experts warn that because of security issues it has been difficult getting into some areas to vaccinate those most at risk.

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