Cameroonian Doctor deployed by WHO to fight Ebola outbreak killed in DR Congo

Cameroonian epidemiologist, Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, deployed by the World Health Organisation, WHO, in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, was killed in an attack on Butembo University Hospital Friday.

He was killed during one of two separate attacks on Thursday and Friday targeting a hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the locations where the second largest Ebola epidemic in history is spreading at its fastest rate since being declared last August.

Dr Richard Mouzoko
Dr Richard Mouzoko (credits: twitter @Laurie_Garrett)

The assailants are identified as Mai- Mai rebels demanding the departure of the international community engaged in the Ebola response in Congo, several media reports said.

Cameroons Public Health Minister, Dr. Malachie Manaouda, extended condolences to the family of the killed medical practitioner.

In a tweet Monday, he wrote: “All our support directed to the doctors of the response team and especially to the family of our compatriot, Dr Richard Mouzoko, who has just been killed… in the DRC”.

The WHO on its part condemned the violence against health workers whom it says are “trying to contain the virus”.

“We are outraged,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the attack.

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Amos Fofung
Amos Fofung
AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.


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