Liu criticized the militarization of the situation, saying Thursday that police and security forces are trying to force people to comply with health authorities. While MSF does not know the motives or identities of the attackers, these incidents follow an escalation of tensions around the Ebola response. Many people thought the government had used the disease as an excuse to keep them from voting, and some of their anger turned against the outside groups that had drawn so much attention to Ebola.
"The police and the army are not involved in Ebola response activities and their role has never been to enforce sanitary measures".
In an excoriating attack on the response to the long-running outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Dr Joanne Liu, global president of Médecins Sans Frontières, said that the current atmosphere in the region was "toxic".
It highlighted that more than 40% of deaths are occurring in communities rather than in Ebola treatment centres.
"Ebola is a brutal disease, bringing fear and isolation to patients, families, and healthcare providers", Liu said. The sick were not suits in the Ebola centers, "away from their families and surrounded by people in space", said Liu.More news: Harper stands by comments on recruiting Trout
A spokeswoman for Congo's Health Ministry said there appeared to be confusion about the security forces' role.
Liu said there were still signs the outbreak - the second worst ever - was not being brought under control. Local officials, unlike global staffers, did not have the privilege of being evacuated for security reasons, she said.
The new illnesses lift the overall outbreak total to 913, which includes 848 confirmed and 65 probable cases. "As such, it is necessary to re-enforce the security to allow for smooth response operations", she added.
The organisation's health care centers in Butembo and Katwa were burned down, forcing the health workers to withdraw.
"It is a hard balance to strike", he added.More news: Jadon Sancho set for £100m move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
Six more people died from their infections, including 3 in the community and 3 in ETCs, boosting the outbreak's fatality count to 574.
"We can share the right messages but if you have counter messages that makes it hard", Ilunga said. It has an incubation period of between two to 21 days, according to the WHO.
It has claimed 561 lives out of 894 recorded cases, according the latest DRC health ministry figures. As a result of such violence, the "Ebola response [is] failing to gain the upper hand on the epidemic", the organization says in a press release.
"In every town, partners work with social scientists, anthropologists and local leaders to understand the context and tailor the approach to what works", he added.More news: The Houston Rockets rallied past the Toronto Raptors