Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, according to a statement by the United Nations (UN).
This has prompted Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of “the whole United Nations system” into stemming the spread of the deadly virus.
A statement from the UN on Thursday, 9 May 2019, quoted Guterres as expressing concern over the number of new Ebola cases in the east of the DRC on Wednesday, 8 May 2019, reiterating the organisation’s support for efforts to end the outbreak.
“With important shifts in the response now being implemented, the Secretary-General has emphasized his commitment to a collective UN-wide approach, both in Kinshasa, where the UN is led by his special representative, and in the areas affected by the virus, where the response is led by the World Health Organization, all in close liaison with Congolese leaders both in Kinshasa and eastern DRC”, said his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, on behalf of the UN chief.
Guterres expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and reiterated that the full involvement and engagement of local people “remains the key to successfully controlling the outbreak.”
He also urged “all Congolese leaders to work together across parties and across communities to tackle the outbreak”.
Guterres also highlighted the need for “additional resources” and called on member states and partner organizations “to ensure the responding agencies have the resources needed to succeed.”