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DRCongo: Health minister resigns over government handling of Ebola

22 Jul, 2019
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GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Congo’s health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency’s announcement last week that it was stripping his team of control over the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Ilunga has overseen the nearly year-long response to Democratic Republic of Congo’s latest Ebola epidemic, which is the second deadliest in history. It has killed more than 1,700 people and infected more than 800 others.

But President Felix Tshisekedi’s office announced on Saturday that it was assigning responsibility for the response to a multi-disciplinary team that would report directly to Tshisekedi.

In his resignation letter, Ilunga decried “interference in the management of the response” and criticised outside pressure to deploy a second Ebola vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson over his objections.

 

This entry was posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 4:13 pm and is filed under Latest News.

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