Ebola: DR Congo Health Minister Resigns

By Ikenga Chronicles July 24, 2019

Ebola: DR Congo Health Minister Resigns

The Health Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Oly Ilunga, has resigned over the handling of an Ebola outbreak.

In his resignation letter, Oly Ilunga criticized a decision by President Félix Tshisekedi to replace him as the head of the Ebola response team, BBC reports.

Ilunga lamented outside pressure to roll out a new experimental Ebola vaccine by some aid agencies and donors.

“Following the decision of the president to manage the Ebola epidemic himself, I have handed in my resignation as minister of health on Monday.

“It was my honour to put my expertise to work for our nation during these two very important years of our history.

“It would be fanciful to think that the new vaccine proposed by actors, who have shown an obvious lack of ethics by voluntarily hiding important information from medical authorities, could have a significant impact on the control of the current outbreak,” the letter read in part.