International donors are being urged to continue funding the fight against the “unprecedented” outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo as violence once again hampers the response.
The call from World Health Organization director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus comes just days after a health clinic run by aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières in the town of Katwa was partially burnt down in a violent attack.
A carer died while fleeing the violence and 10 patients, who were unharmed, had to be transferred to other clinics.
The ministry of health condemned the attacks and said that levels of violence had been increasing in Katwa over the last few weeks. Katwa is now the epicentre of the outbreak, which authorities have been struggling to contain since August. It is the worst outbreak the country has ever faced with 869 cases and 546 deaths so far.