On Monday, the health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, submitted his resignation in response to the president reassigning the crisis to a team of experts.
In an open resignation letter posted on Twitter, Kalenga expressed his disapproval of President Felix Tshisekedi’s decision to absolve him of his responsibilities as it pertains to the Ebola outbreak and hand them over to an interdisciplinary team assigned to report directly to the president. The minister stated that this change could spark “harmful confusion and cacophony.”
According to the World Health Organisation(WHO), Ebola is a global health emergency, the organisation also suggested that lower risk areas use new Johnson and Johnson vaccines. In the resignation letter, Kalenga criticised external pressures to introduce an additional vaccine produced by the United States company, expressing his concern in that the Merck vaccine currently in use is the only one proven to be effective.
Doctors without Borders has stated that more than 2 500 people have been infected since the second largest outbreak began in August 2018. New cases are reportedly between 75 to 100 every week, says the humanitarian organisation.