Via Actuailte.CD: DRC-Ebola: Bemba calls for solidarity for the people of Beni. The Google translation and then a comment:
Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba pleads for solidarity of all with the people of Beni facing the Ebola epidemic.
According to figures from the Ministry of Health, at least 20 deaths have been recorded since May 8 in the locality of Mangina, the epicenter of the disease. According to the president of the MLC, this epidemic adds to the problem of insecurity that the population of this part of the country has been facing for several years.
"Today I learn that there is a health problem (Ebola) that has appeared in Beni, we must be supportive of the populations there both for the security problem and the health problem," said Bemba during a press conference this Friday in Kinshasa.
The former Congolese vice-president calls on the government and its partners involved in health to get involved in order to stem the disease.
"I hope that health officials, the WHO, the Red Cross, all can help to solve this problem. Beyond the security problem they have, facing the health problem is a lot for the population. I stand in solidarity with them," said Jean-Pierre Bemba in a calm tone.
In response to this 10th epidemic, a delegation composed of the Minister of Health and his 12 experts, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Governor of North Kivu visited Thursday in Beni.
On July 31, the authorities officially declared the Ebola virus in the town of Mangina, 30 kilometers west of the city of Beni.
Jean-Pierre Bemba is just back in the DR Congo after close to a decade of imprisonment in The Hague while being tried by the International Crime Commission for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was convicted in June 2016 but appealed; this past June his conviction was overturned. He is planning to run for president.