WHO declares Ebola outbreak in DR Congo a global health emergency

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in DR Congo a global health emergency

Congolese Ebola victim may have entered Rwanda, says WHO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an worldwide health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.

The WHO's declaration will help bring more global attention and aid to the region, which reported its first case earlier this week in Goma, a city of around two million people with an worldwide airport.

"It is time for the world to take notice", WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

Robert Steffen, chair of the WHO's International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, said Wednesday that there had been no new cases of infected people in Goma.

A WHO expert committee had declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, which other experts say has long met the conditions. 1, 2018. Among those circumstances, 2,418 examined particular for Ebola virus disease, which causes an in most cases-fatal draw of hemorrhagic fever, in line with the most recent bulletin from the country's health ministry. Last month, the outbreak spilt across the border for the first time when a family brought the virus into Uganda after attending the burial in Congo of an infected relative.

The year-old Ebola epidemic in eastern DR Congo, the second deadliest on record, has largely been contained to remote areas, but this week saw a patient diagnosed with the virus in provincial capital Goma, the first case in a major urban hub.

APublic Health Emergency of International Concern(PHEIC) is a formal declaration by theWorld Health Organization(WHO) of "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response", formulated when a situation arises that is "serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected", which "carries implications for public health beyond the affected State's national border" and "may require immediate international action". "We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system".

World Health Organization defines a global emergency as an "extraordinary event" that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated worldwide response.

A confirmed Ebola case in Goma used to be announced gradual Sunday by the country's health ministry.

Earlier this week, Ugandan health officials said a Congolese fish trader had traveled to Uganda while sick and vomited several times at a local market. "We don't want people to be diverted in another clinical trial elsewhere in the country". "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".

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

Reports indicate that more than 1,600 people have died of Ebola since August 1, when the haemorrhagic virus erupted in DR Congo's North Kivu before spreading to Ituri. Rwanda has trained over 23,657 people including Doctors, nurses, hospital staff, Police, Red Cross Volunteers and Community Health Workers.

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