DR Congo’s president hopes Ebola outbreak will end this year

Between the 2014-15 outbreak, 815 suspected cases of Ebola in health workers were confirmed. Two thirds of workers that contracted the disease, died. Image courtesy: Business Insider
FILE PHOTO:Democratic Republic of the Congo President Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa on January 24, 2019./AFP

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi said on Friday that he’s hopeful the Ebola outbreak in his country will end in the coming weeks.

Tshisekedi said a few cases of the deadly contagious disease remain in the eastern province of Ituri but “we think we can end it completely by the end of the year.”

Over 2,000 people have died in the outbreak which the United Nations declared an international emergency in July. The number of reported infections has since dropped significantly.

Speaking in Berlin after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Tshisekedi said he’s willing to work with any country interested in Congo’s vast natural resources, including China and Russia.

Tshisekedi also said that while he has “good” relations with longtime Congo leader Joseph Kabila, his predecessor’s role is merely to provide advice.