Ebola virus has been a menace in quite a few countries and Congo seems to have become the latest victim of it as 1008 people have been reported to have succumbed to it in the African nation. According to the report by the Ministry of Health, 1510 cases have emerged in the Northern Kivu and Ituri provinces itself up until Wednesday.
The milestone of 1000 deaths due to Ebola was probably breached on Thursday itself according to Mr. Michael Ryan from the World Health Organization. Though Ebola generally kills half the people it infects, the situation is a little different in this outbreak as more than 400 people have been treated and been rid of it and discharged since the start of the situation in August last year. The attack has become more violent and affected a lot more people than before in the last week itself.
However, the bad news is that Dr. Ryan believes that the transmission will continue for the time to come. What is disheartening is the fact that 42 health facilities have been hit with the virus and 85 lives of health officials have been claimed. The outbreak is being considered as the second-deadliest in the history of Ebola outbreaks, only topped by the breakout in West Africa in 2014 when more than 11000 people died of it.
The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros and Dr. Matshidiso, the Regional Director said that the situation at the middle is worse than ever before and a sense of insecurity have crept into the minds of the people. It has played an important part in obstructing the ability of the WHO to serve the Ebola-stricken community. Armed forces have also had to patrol the areas of the outbreak as they are associated with the terrorist group, ISIS. Thus, the situation has become more complicated now but it needs to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further losses of life.