Drop In DRC Ebola Cases But Too Early To Predict Slowing Of Outbreak, WHO Says; DRC Former Health Minister Charged With Embezzlement

AFP: DR Congo ex-health minister charged with embezzlement: lawyer
“Former Health Minister Oly Ilunga of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been charged with embezzling funds allotted for the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, his lawyer told AFP Tuesday. … Ilunga’s lawyers have rejected the embezzlement claim, saying accounts prove that public funds were used ‘exclusively’ for the anti-Ebola battle…” (9/17).

CIDRAP News: WHO: Too early to say if drop in Ebola rate is significant
“According to the latest weekly bulletin from the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) African regional office, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing a drop in the rate of new cases, but it’s too early to say if that drop is a significant trend forecasting the end of the 13-month-long outbreak in the DRC’s North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces…” (Soucheray, 9/17).

New Times: DR Congo, Rwanda ministers upbeat over joint Ebola fight roadmap
“The Minister for Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba, and her Congolese counterpart Dr. Eteni Longondo, have commended the progress that the two countries have made in implementing a joint roadmap for cross-border efforts meant to combat the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic…” (Umurengezi, 9/18).

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