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UN confirms Rwandan Ebola envoy dead from West Africa

by Lillian Gahima
3:24 pm

A Rwandan expert deployed by the UN in West Africa to respond to Ebola crisis is dead. He was 59.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr. Marcel Kanyankore as Ebola Crisis Manager on October 9, 2014, to coordinate anti-Ebola efforts in Guinea.

Rudasingwa died in his hotel room from natural causes in Guinea’s capital Conakry.

“The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response mourns the passing of Rudasingwa,” said Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General from New York.

Rwanda Ministry of Health confirmed, Rudasingwa died on Monday in his hotel room.

Rwanda’s Health Minister, Dr Agnes Binagwaho it is, “Sad to learn that…Dr Rudasingwa…has passed away.” “May his soul RIP.” Rudasingwa’s family awaits postmortem results.

Dr Rudasingwa, who was UNICEF Representative in Kenya prior to his Guinea deployment, dies after the Cuban medic Graseciliano Jazbatolo also died in similar meritorious circumstances.

Shocked by his death, Rudasingwa’s family said he was a selfless loving family man. He last spoke to his family on Sunday.

A Physiologist, Rudasingwa has left a wife and two children.


By: Lillian Gahima