In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the number of dead Ebola has risen to over 200. Since August, 291 cases of Ebola have been confirmed and 201 deaths have been reported, Saturday in the Kinshasa Ministry of Health. About half of the cases were registered in the Benin city of 800,000 inhabitants, in the troubled province of North Kivu, which lies at the Ugandan border. According to the ministry, more than 28,000 people have been vaccinated against this disease.
On Friday, the UN called on the region's armed groups not to restrict the fight against highly contagious viral diseases. According to health minister Lee Ilung, there are repeated threats, attacks and abductions when two assistants were killed.
Action Medeor called on the world community to make greater efforts to ensure access to health care for the poor. Bernd Pastor, a spokeswoman for the Executive Committee for Assistance at the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday and Friday in Kazakhstan, said: "Although the global community has made great progress, we now see increasing access to health care for the poorer people."
Forty years ago, more than 100 WHO member states had signed a declaration that health is a human right, said Action Medeor. Millions of poor people around the world are still dying from illnesses that are easily curable. In many parts of the world there is a lack of healthcare workers, hospitals and medicines.
Five years ago, the devastating epidemic in West Africa has shown that the fight against certain diseases, such as AIDS or malaria, is not worth it, emphasized by pastors. Only a functioning and well-equipped health care system can protect people. Good primary health care, including immunization and malnutrition, could significantly reduce child mortality, while at the same time ensuring a more equitable health status.
By the end of 2013, a devastating epidemic had been hit by several West African countries. In the coming months, about 11,300 people died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. This is the tenth outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the first inauguration of the disease in 1976.
Ebola is a frequent lethal viral disease. The transmission takes place in direct contact with the infected person's body fluids. (AFP, dpa, epd)