Congo health minister resigns in protest over government handling of Ebola response

by Reuters
Monday, 22 July 2019 14:01 GMT

(Corrects spelling of health minister's surname to Ilunga from Ilugna)

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 22 (Reuters) - D emocratic Republic of Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency's announcement last week that it would take control of the response to the Ebola outbreak instead of his team.

In a resignation letter posted on his Twitter account, Ilunga decried "interference in the management of the response" to the outbreak, which is the second deadliest in history, and the creation of parallel chains of authority.

(Reporting by Fiston Mahamba and Anna Pujol-Mazzini; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Alison Williams)

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