Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
July 26, 2019
Global Korean Post
On July 20, the joint press was released on clarification on the mo ments of an Ebola Virus
Disease case who recently died in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation in Uganda were alerted of a22
years old lady with history of travelling to Uganda from DRC and who later died in DRC and was confirmed EVD positive.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on July 17 declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr. Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders — coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities — to shoulder more of the burden.”
The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.
This was the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee since the outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018.