WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at present declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
“It’s time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We have to work collectively in solidarity with the DRC to finish this outbreak and construct a better health system,” mentioned Dr. Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been achieved for nearly a year below the most difficult circumstances. All of us owe it to these responders — coming from not just WHO but also authorities, companions and communities — to shoulder more of the burden.”
The declaration adopted a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD within the DRC. The Committee cited current developments within the outbreak in making its suggestion, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million individuals on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.
This was the fourth assembly of the Emergency Committee because the outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018.
The Committee expressed disappointment about delays in funding which have constrained the response. Additionally, they reinforced the necessity to protect the livelihoods of the individuals most affected by the outbreak by holding transport routes and borders open. It’s important to keep away from the punitive economic consequences of travel and trade restrictions on affected communities.