WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo a Global Health Emergency

Archbishop Francois Xavier Maroyi Rusengo greets Christin Allen- image CAFOD

Archbishop Francois Xavier Maroyi Rusengo greets Christin Allen- image CAFOD

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of worldwide concern, citing the geographical spread of the virus.

Wednesday's conference marked the fourth time since the DRC outbreak was declared on August 1, 2018, that the WHO's International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has met to consider designating the Ebola epidemic a "public health emergency of international concern".

The health ministry suspected that, while infected, the fishmonger also went to Gisenyi in Rwanda on business, and to Goma, a Congolese border city of more than 1 million that serves as a regional and global gateway and where a pastor died of the disease this month.

While the risk of regional spread remains high, the risk outside the region remains low, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after Wednesday's announcement.

Dr. Tedros also said: "The PHEIC should not be used to stigmatize or penalize the very people who are most in need of our help".

This was the fourth time that the W.H.O. had considered whether to declare aglobal health emergencyin the Congo outbreak.

For the DRC, factors affecting the outbreak of the Ebola include population movement in highly densely populated areas, weak infection and prevention control practices in many health facilities, complex political environment, continued reluctance in the community and the ongoing unstable security situation. He appeared to havecontracted the virus in the city of Butembo and then traveled by bus to Goma while he was sick.

Since the outbreak 11 months ago, 1 700 people have died.

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This new case in Goma is one more of the many warnings of the powder-keg nature of this Ebola outbreak.

An experimental vaccine meant to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now been rejected for use.

Indeed, WHO said that since February it has so far gotten $49 million from worldwide donors, just half the necessary funding needed to put up a sufficient response.

The WHO says the virus is likely spread over tens of kilometers and poses a high regional risk given its proximity to borders. "Results are being carried out in many different environments, but with the constant support from the global community, the Congolese are committed to bringing down the numbers to zero".

She died on Monday 15th July, 2019 in the ETU after testing positive for Ebola. "We have sufficiently informed them about the existence of this disease but there are still people who don't want to believe that it does". The WHO has recorded now now not lower than 198 assaults on health amenities and health workers in the jap Democratic Republic of the Congo since January.

It marks the start of Congo's 10th Ebola outbreak since 1976.

Here's the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the most severe in the Central African nation since 1976, when scientists first identified the virus near the eponymous Ebola River.

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