Ebola patients flee hospital in DRC, says MSF

DRC- Three people with Ebola fled a hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo, two of whom died after returning home, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday.

Henry Gray, MSF emergency intervention coordinator whose in the city of Mbandaka, “Between Sunday May 20 and Tuesday May 22, three patients voluntarily left the isolation unit at Wangata hospital,”

“The first patient, who was on the brink of being cured, left the hospital on Sunday evening,” he said.

Gray added,”The two others left the facility with their families on Monday night. One of them died at home, and his body was returned to the health centre for a secure burial,”

“The second was taken back to the centre yesterday morning and died during the night.”

On May 8 the Democratic Republic of Congo announced on May 8 that there had been cases of the deadly haemorrhagic fever in a remote northwestern district called Bikoro.

Last week, the first case was reported in a city of Mbandaka, a transport hub located on the Congo River.

According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) said twenty-seven died out of 58 cases.

Lacking a licenced drug to treat the contagious disease, doctors use tried-and-trusted measures to contain its spread by quarantining patients and tracing those who have been in contact with them.

MSF supports the hospital in Wangata, stressed that it is important to understand that “forced hospitalisation” would not work.

It said in a statement, “The commitment of the patient” to being quarantined “is fundamental,” their statement highlighted the need for public to be made aware on how to stop the outbreak.

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