By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has taken note of the report of the World Health Organization (WHO) incriminating some of its agents in the rapes and sexual exploitation committed in the DRC during the second epidemic of the virus disease, Ebola, from 2018-2020, according to a 7SUR7 report.
The national executive therefore set up an ad hoc independent commission to obtain “exemplary” sanctions against the perpetrators of these practices. This was announced by the Minister of Health, Hygiene and Prevention to the Council of Ministers held last Friday.
“Regarding the report of the World Health Organization incriminating the agents of this organization in rape and sexual exploitation during the Ebola epidemic of 2018-2020 in the DRC, the Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention indicated that the government took note of this and announced the establishment of an ad hoc independent Commission to obtain exemplary sanctions for all those who have distinguished themselves in these practices “, reports the report of the Council of Ministers.
According to the same source, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is firmly committed to putting an end to all forms of gender-based violence.
As a reminder, the team appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse during the tenth Ebola epidemic in North Kivu and Ituri published its results on September 28. The report of this Commission identified 75 victims and 83 alleged perpetrators.