Ebola outbreak: UN demands safe access for medical personnel


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The United Nations (UN) has voiced deep concern over the security and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has called for safe and immediate access for humanitarian and medical personnel working to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading across the region.

It comes as authorities warn that security incidents continue to severely impact frontline workers and civilians, with two Congolese health workers attached to a Congolese army unit helping to combat the outbreak, killed in recent attacks.

The UN’s Security Council has now adopted a resolution condemning attacks by armed groups in the DRC and what it describes as the groups' role in exacerbating the country’s ongoing Ebola outbreak. 

Speaking following the adoption, Taye Atske Selassie of Ethiopia, one of the resolution’s two main co‑sponsors, said humanitarian actors are operating under enormous difficulties to save lives. He added that while the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided that a “public health emergency of international concern” should not be declared at this time, "officials remain deeply concerned and have called for intensified and ongoing vigilance".

WHO data show that as of 30 October, 279 Ebola cases including 179 deaths, have been reported.