The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is seeking an amount of US$4.5 million to fight the Ebola virus which has recently landed in its north-eastern part (village of Jera, district of Boende, Equateur Province), and killed 13 people, including the medical staff.
DRC health minister Felix Numbi Kabange launched this desperate plea to foreign ambassadors and international partners, whom he met urgently early this week to discuss the disease.
After maiming the whole family and health workers who were unknowingly treating them, the virus is said to have now landed in Mbandaka, with one case being diagnosed in this main city of the Equateur Province.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it sent special equipment to the DRC to help contain the virus before it struck much further. Médécins Sans Frontières (MSF) has also sent its experts in this part of the DRC to help manage the virus.
Ebola has already killed 1500 people in four countries, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and DRC, according to the latest figures.