Impact Of DRC Ebola Outbreak On Children Worsening; Rwanda, DRC Work To Prevent Disease Crossing Border; DRC Doctors Arrested Over Murder Of WHO Epidemiologist

Agence France-Presse: DRC medics arrested over murder of WHO Ebola doctor
“Three Congolese medics have been detained over the murder of a World Health Organization (WHO) doctor who was fighting an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, a military prosecutor said on Wednesday. Cameroonian doctor Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung was shot dead on April 19 in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo. The arrested doctors will be prosecuted for ‘terrorism’ and ‘criminal conspiracy,’ Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Baptiste Kumbu Ngoma, military prosecutor for Butembo in North Kivu province, told AFP. The three are accused of holding meetings on April 14 to plot the assassination of Mouzoko, he added…” (8/7).

Al Jazeera: Rwanda strives to stop Ebola from spreading from DR Congo
“Rwanda is taking emergency measures to try and stop the Ebola virus from spreading across the border from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the latest outbreak was discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a year ago, the disease has killed at least 1,800 people. The health ministers of both countries have met to agree to a plan of action to prevent the spread of the epidemic…” (Dekker, 8/7).

CIDRAP News: DRC Ebola impact getting worse for children
“The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 500 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the outbreak began last August, and deaths in kids have accelerated over the past 6 months, Save the Children, a nongovernmental group that is working in DRC, said yesterday. In other developments, the DRC health ministry confirmed 7 new cases [Tuesday], and health officials in the DRC and neighboring Rwanda announced steps to curb unnecessary border travel…” (Schnirring, 8/7).

Reuters: Three Congolese doctors arrested in connection with WHO official’s death
“…[Lieutenant-Colonel] Kumbu said three [doctors] had been arrested, while the fourth was at large. He provided no further details about when or where they were detained or what their motive might have been. In a statement, the Butembo branch of Congo’s national doctor’s council said it was ‘indignant’ over the arrests, which it said were crippling vital medical services in the area. It said the doctors should be released on bail, and that medical personnel would launch a strike within 48 hours if they were not…” (Mahamba/Ross, 8/7).

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