MSF (Doctors without borders), it is one of the leading organizations which is working to treat the people who have Ebola virus. Last week there were two attacks on the Ebola Treatment Centres. World Health Organization is concerned about the fact and said, “it was deeply concerned over two violent attacks on Ebola treatment centers in 2 cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this past week, which resulted in fatalities, traumatized patients and health care workers, and damage to key medical facilities.”
After the attack, the medical officials said that they are not willing to continue to serve the patients in Butembo and Katwa and these two places are those where the outbreak is prevalent. People in Congo are not ready to believe that the disease exists and there is no such virus. They are not ready to trust the government regarding the actions taken to stop Ebola.
“Such attacks are deplorable for their immediate impact on lives and for the risk of spreading the disease further. They are profoundly disrespectful of the dedicated work of local, regional and international responders,” WHO said in its statement. MSF will now continue to operate in other regions like Kayna and Luberu.
Emmanuel Massart who is the emergency coordinator of MSF in DRC says, “Community engagement means that the population engages in the response. To do so, they must be consulted about solutions. Strategy for health promotion and community engagement, for example, shall be developed with the community, and the ownership of it shall be left to them. The response must be adapted to the context, not the other way around. ”
Jessica Ilunga said “We are of course extremely worried. Health agents should never be the target of violence. They have the right to be safe when they are saving lives. We will have meetings over the next few days to see what are the best options to protect our health agents as well as prevent the spread of the virus despite this difficult environment.”