Election Upheaval Spells More Trouble for DRC's Ebola Fight

Protests surrounding the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Sunday presidential election turned violent, further damaging Ebola response efforts. Protesters set on fire the Rwangoma Health Center, the Malepe Health Station and the Ngongolyo Health Center and destroyed many others, H5N1 reported (citing Radio Okapi).
 
The country awaits the election results, with both the opposition and ruling coalition claiming they’d win. Many people were unable to vote due to ongoing violence and the Ebola outbreak, spurring the protests. Amid the upheaval, the Ebola case count has grown to nearly 600 cases, CIDRAP reported.
 
ICYMI: On December 26, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura published a must-read account detailing the impact of the violence on the struggle against Ebola in The New York Times. The Quote: “If it hits Goma, we’re done for,” said Jean-Christophe Shako, director of a local Ebola response team.

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