As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread in Congo, the country’s Catholic bishops are insisting on measures to also fight Ebola, the deadly epidemic that has made a surprise return.
In the week beginning 10th April, three new cases of the deadly disease were detected in eastern Congo.
Congolese health authorities reported that a 26-year-old man in Beni died of Ebola on 10th April. A young girl died on Easter Sunday, 12th April, and a third person was undergoing treatment.
The new cases came just days before the World Health Organisation was set to declare the epidemic ended in the central African country. Until then, 54 days had passed without a new case, and it was also 40 days after the last person with Ebola had been discharged from treatment.
“The reappearance was a surprise to all of us. We thought it (Ebola) had ended,” Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of Kisangani told Catholic News Service. “All of us in the world have a problem – we are struggling with Covid-19. It is the main problem in the world now, but in our country, we are now struggling with both Ebola and Covid-19.”
Picture: Congolese police officers control civilians during a total lockdown in Kinshasa on 28th March 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Kenny Katombe, Reuters).