A health worker supporting the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been reportedly killed.
The sad event was said to have been caused by violence on the night before in Lwemba in Ituri Province in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo leaving the health worker dead, his spouse critically injured with multiple wounds and home burnt down.
Speaking on the issue, the interministerial technical secretariat of the response to the Ebola outbreak, the Ministry of Health and their partners from the United Nations (the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Operations (UNEERO) strictly condemned the act, sympathizing with the family and community affected.
However, the victim was also a reporter for a community radio station in Lwemba and was involved in raising the awareness of his community regarding the country’s tenth Ebola outbreak, which began over a year ago and is impacting the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu.
The motive behind the attack is still unclear.
Authorities have begun an investigation of the murder and are looking into whether it is connected to the ongoing Ebola response. Two suspects have been apprehended.
All relevant authorities, including the Congolese National Police, the National Intelligence Agency and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are working to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to justice as swiftly as possible.