An Ebola responder in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been killed and two others are injured following an attack at the Butembo University Hospital.
Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, was killed in an attack on April 19 during a co-ordination meeting being held at the hospital.
In a statement, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, condemned the attack. “I and all of WHO are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and brother Dr Mouzoko. He put himself on the front line to save lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We grieve with his family and friends at this very difficult time,” he said.
Dr Tedros described the attack as “a tragic reminder” of the risks health workers take every day to protect the lives and health of others. “We are outraged by this attack: health workers and health facilities must never be targets,” he added.
The WHO Chief said the organisation is assessing the security situation to ensure the safety of all patients, health workers and Ebola responders.