The Ebola treatment center (ETC) in Butembo reopened Mar 2, just days after rebel forces set fire to the building, the ministry of health from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said in a statement yesterday.
So far 12 patients confirmed to have Ebola have been admitted. Without Doctors Without Borders, who staffed the ETC before the attack, the center is being run by workers from the ministry of health, the Word Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF.
The ministry of health also said construction is set to begin today on a new ETC in Katwa. The former ETC was also targeted by arsons last week.
The DRC also noted today that it has implemented an action plan to end community disruptions to officials’ outbreak response efforts.
The developments have occurred against a backdrop of 8 new cases and almost 900 since the outbreak began in August 2018.
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