Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Stamford's Americares Sends More Aid for Ebola Outbreak

Stamford's Americares Sends More Aid for Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) sounded a rare global alarm declaring the DR Congo's Ebola outbreak an worldwide emergency.

But WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who convened the emergency committee after viewing the Goma case as a "potential gamechanger", said the designation as an global emergency was not meant to suggest that some countries had been withholding funds and would now unlock them. "It is also crucial that states do not use the PHEIC as an excuse to impose trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region", said Professor Robert Steffen, chair of the Emergency Committee. A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, even though other experts say it has long met the required conditions.

Congo health ministry declares four cases in the eastern town of Mangina, 100 km from the Ugandan border in a province beset by militia violence. During the new outbreak, Ebola has infected more than 2,500 people in the DRC of which 1,700 cases have been fatal.

"This scares us because Goma risks becoming isolated from the rest of the world", added Katembo Kabunga as some people in the city received vaccinations.

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

Tedros stated that the declaration concern is not a reflection on the performance of the Ebola response team in Congo but "a measure that recognizes the possible increased national and regional risks and the need for intensified and coordinated action to manage them".

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

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Three victims died in Uganda last month without spreading Ebola further there, while Rwanda has never had a recorded case.

However, on Wednesday, Dr Tedros said the world needed to redouble the efforts to end the outbreak which has so far killed more than 1,600 people.

Two MSF Ebola treatment centers are attacked by armed assailants and set on fire.

But local official Wilson Agaba said authorities had been slow to send gloves and chlorine solution to medics in the market area, and some residents were refusing to help trace the fishmonger's contacts for fear of testing positive for Ebola and being isolated. "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". "Results are being carried out in many different environments, but with the constant support from the worldwide community, the Congolese are committed to bringing down the numbers to zero".

A driver will get his hands washed at an Ebola screening set up apart on the avenue between Butembo and Goma, July 16, 2019 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo and WHO begin vaccinating health workers.

And the spread of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a critical point.

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