The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed New cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of Butembo, near the Ugandan border, where it has claimed three lives.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed the spread and added that they sprung into taking actions to tackle the Ebola disease in the eastern DRC.
WHO said there were 137 confirmed and probable cases and 92 deaths in the latest outbreak in the east of the country, while UNICEF, announced that “everything is being done” to ensure that the disease is controlled in Butembo “at this early stage”.
UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said: “I remember when I was going in West Africa a few years ago during the Ebola (outbreak) how dangerous it was to go to some villages.
“We know, based on our experience and our work, that it should never be underestimated, this community resistance. And it’s an incentive to work at a more deeper level.
“It’s an incentive to understand more accurately what people feel and why…What are the cultural beliefs?”
He added that it was important to respond on that level, “using agents of change, using people who have some influence in the community.”
The UN agency said it was also working with anthropologists specialising in local cultural beliefs and practices to help overcome possible concerns.
“If we don’t do that, this resistance can really increase and can really cause serious obstacles to the fight against the disease. It’s about knowing the people to whom we are talking,” Boulierac said.