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Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), found it necessary on Tuesday to assure rural citizens of his country that Ebola is “not an imaginary disease” and foreign aid workers are there to help.
“If we follow the instructions, in two or three months Ebola will be finished,” he pledged.
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Tshisekedi spoke from the city of Beni in the eastern Congo, where he visited an Ebola treatment center. Political unrest and paranoia in the outbreak area have significantly hampered efforts to contain the current Ebola outbreak, which has killed over 800 people since last summer, becoming the second-worst recorded outbreak of the hideous disease.
Insurgents have violently attacked Ebola treatment centers and suspicious villagers have refused medical care, motivated by either tribal customs or propaganda that claimed aid workers are spreading the disease on purpose. Some believed the Ebola scare was a hoax concocted by the government to delay elections, eventually held last December, bringing opposition leader Tshisekedi into office as president.
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“The time of armed groups is over,” Tshisekedi said on Tuesday. “The new government is reaching out to these children of the country to surrender arms through disarmament programs.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) decided last week against declaring the Ebola outbreak a global emergency, since it has been...
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