Ebola could ‘spiral out of control: Oxfam

NAIROBI, Kenya – European-based global charity Oxfam has warned that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has the “potential of spiraling out of control,” mainly after authorities reported a second incident on Tuesday in the eastern city of Goma.

Health officials in DR Congo have already confirmed that the patient has died.

Corinne N’Daw, Oxfam’s country director in DR Congo, said increased violence and displacements in the country were hampering efforts to control the virus. N’Daw emphasized that lack of clean water and sanitation have also resulted in “conditions that are highly conducive for the spread of diseases.”

Last week, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged Ebola as a global health emergency. Sources say this is the maximum level of warning the UN agency has given regarding the epidemic.

According to WHO sources, the latest global warming has only been providing four times in the past – including the incident of the Ebola epidemic that shattered the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from 2014 to 2016, killing more than 11,000 people.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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