The struggle of the Ebola of the Congo complicated by the war and the suspicions on the vaccine


There is a soccer field with the shabby stakes that are right in front of the hospital in the town of Beni – but nobody will play football there for a while.

Instead, this piece of scrapposo earth was transformed into a mass of strenuous activity when 330 workers set up a rapid-structure emergency health facility.

The wooden structures that are now taking shape are part of an increasingly desperate attempt by a multinational and multi-agency team to control the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Through the eyes of an ebola doctor

More than 300 people have been infected by this highly contagious virus and the only Ebola therapeutic center in the city, run by the ALIMA health association, is overwhelmed.

92 people were allowed on the day of our visit – but the center has only 60 beds.

Baby Pascale was one of those declared free by Ebola and downloaded from the center

The new complex, financed by Médecins Sans Frontières, will examine what experts call "suspicious cases" and should help reduce part of the pressure.

Nevertheless, this epidemic will soon be considered the worst Ebola epidemic in the history of Congo.

The government and its international partners rely on local surveillance and vaccination teams to prevent their spread.

:: "Under pressure" doctors fighting to tackle the Ebola outbreak of Congo

A 46-year-old woman who died from the virus is taken away
A 46-year-old woman who died from the virus is taken away

The idea is pretty simple: track down everyone who has been in contact with an Ebola victim and provide them with a new vaccine available in Canada.

It was not approved by the main health authorities, but it proved effective in the first tests.

However, there is a problem with the plan. First of all, many city dwellers do not want to be traced and secondly, they do not want the vaccine.

When Sky visited 92 people were admitted, but the center has only 60 beds

I spoke with the head of one of these community surveillance units, Dr. Maneno Muhindangabo Henry, and I asked him if he was meeting resistance.

"This really is our breakfast every day," he said.

"Many people refuse the vaccine and they talk a lot about it, they say that if you take it you will become sterile, it will kill you, it has negative effects".

Feedback from dr. Henry is one of the main reasons why this outbreak is so unpredictable. Many here simply refuse to protect themselves.

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James Kituvi, a resident of the Beni, told me that some of his neighbors say that the vaccine is satanic.

"They think they will be killed," he said. "The vaccine is from Satan".

This is another reason why the Congolese government and international NGOs have found this epidemic so difficult to deal with.

Beni is in a war zone. The consequence of the armed rebellion and ethnic homicide dates back to the 1990s; two distinct rebel militias – called Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and "Mai Mai" – make frequent raids into the city.

Two weeks ago, a militia attack resulted in the deaths of 13 civilians and the abduction of 12 children from the city.

The head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told Sky News that he had never dealt with such a complicated epidemic.

"The situation with this outbreak is very different from other outbreaks," he said.

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"Also the West African epidemic (2014-15) because here is a serious security problem, an active armed conflict and this complicates the situation".

The risk is obvious. In a desperately unstable environment, the Ebola virus spreads and the Beni epidemic turns into an international contagion.


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