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DR Congo detained the former head of the Ministry of Health for misappropriation of money to fight Ebola

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Police detained former Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Oli Lung Kilangu in the case of misappropriation of public funds allocated to combat the Ebola epidemic, Actualite reports citing the police.

In July, Kalenga resigned in disagreement with the country’s leadership in the fight against Ebola. After that, authorities prohibited the former health minister from leaving the country.

According to the publication, the ex-minister was planning to secretly leave the country, “in order to avoid justice.” In this regard, on September 14, police detained Ilunga.

According to the WHO Country Office, fever claimed the lives of 2015 in 13 months.

Ebola virus disease is an acute viral infection that affects humans and certain animal species.

The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa in 2015 and mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC began in late July 2018. In July 2019, WHO qualified the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Congo as an international emergency.

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