WHO to meet on Congo’s Ebola outbreak as toll soars

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 18, 2018

It is noteworthy that on September 28th, World Health Organization had raised the risk of the Ebola outbreak spreading in the DRC to a new level, judging it to be "very high" at the national and the regional level.

The statement said that the ministry of health with support from partners are supporting districts bordering DRC to heighten preparedness and readiness to handle any Ebola case that might come into the country.

Based on the current situation and information available, the WHO Director-General has convened an Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005) to provide advice on whether the current outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of global concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the outbreak.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide whether Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak constitutes public health emergency of worldwide concern, the global health body said on Monday.

Because of the increase in violent events, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relocated CDC health workers that were volunteering in violent areas, effectively pulling the workers from areas with the most need.

This was in the Beni and Mabalako health zones, the two epicentres of the Ebola outbreak.

"Unfortunately, our Community Health Workers are often met with hostility, and sometimes violence, when they're approaching homes to talk to families about protecting themselves against the deadly virus". "It means that we are unable to follow up 80 percent of the people who are at direct risk of Ebola in Beni". This is the exact situation health care officials want to avoid.

A staff member of the United Nations peacekeeping mission MONUSCO was among the latest victims of the virus, the United Nations and DRC health ministry said. Of them, just over half recovered, 20 were still in the hospital and the rest died.

When carried out correctly, these burial practices reduce the risk of transmission of Ebola virus to healthy individuals.

There are concerns the outbreak could spread to neighboring countries like Uganda and Rwanda.

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