Unknown attackers have killed a community worker fighting the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, AFP reported on Sunday November 3rd.
The Congolese radio host involved in the fight against Ebola, Papy Mumbere Mahamba, was assassinated, and his wife injured, when attackers stormed his house and stabbed him to death in the northeast Ituri region of DR Congo, according to the army. He had been raising awareness about the virus on a community radio station when he was attacked.
“Attackers got into his home and killed Mahamba, wounded his wife and burned down their house,” General Robert Yav told AFP.
A journalist at Radio Lwemba, the local radio station where he worked, confirmed the details.
"Our colleague Mahamba has been killed at his home by unknown attackers who had stabbed him to death, Jacques Kamwina said.
Controlling the outbreak of the disease have been held back by violence against healthcare workers, and Ebola treatment facilities.
Containment efforts have been hindered by the conflict in eastern DR Congo, as well as attacks on health workers tackling Ebola, in a population where mistrust of outsiders and superstition is rife.
The Congolese medical authorities received the first shipment of a new Ebola vaccine, as the central African country is trying to battle the epidemic.
The DR Congo health ministry said that a preliminary batch of 11,000 doses of the new vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson had arrived on Friday November 1st.
In all, a shipment of a total 50,000 doses is being sent to DR Congo, to help fight an outbreak that has killed more than 2,100 people since August 2018.