Congo’s Health Minister Resigns Over Ebola Approach

Dr. Oly Ilunga, health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, visiting an Ebola treatment center in March. He resigned on Monday after the government appointed a new team to coordinate the effort to contain the disease.

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo resigned on Monday after he had been stripped of responsibility for managing the country’s Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to contain the spreading disease.

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Inside the Ebola treatment centres of Congo, where survivors bring hope to those on the edge of death

Joniste Kahambu, whose three-year-old son died of Ebola, works as a 'lullaby singer' at the Butembo Ebola creche

Joniste Kahambu, whose three-year-old son died of Ebola, works as a ‘lullaby singer’ at the Butembo Ebola creche CREDIT: SIMON TOWNSLEY


For a patient diagnosed with perhaps the world’s most chilling disease, Congo’s Ebola treatment centres are a terrifying place to be.

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Five-year-old boy dies in Uganda as Congo Ebola outbreak spreads

A five year-old-boy who became the first confirmed Ebola case outside the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the current outbreak died in Uganda on Tuesday night.

The child’s three-year-old brother and 50-year-old grandmother are also being treated, according to the Ugandan authorities. They have been isolated at a hospital near the Congo border.

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