WHO struggles to contain Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is dealing with a double-edged sword, with Ebola and the novel coronavirus pandemic, making life extremely difficult at the same time overburdening the limited healthcare infrastructures of the central African country.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the health organisation is struggling to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the province of Ecuador, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Dr. Tedros said that the WHO has reported 86 cases of Ebola in the DRC which is a worrisome figure.

According to him, although the geographical spread of the epidemic is vast, with many areas accessible only by helicopter or boat, 100 WHO officials are working with the Ministry of Health, the UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other partners to eradicate the infection.

Dr. Tedros added that in order to mitigate the ill-impact of the epidemic, the WHO has released USD 2.5 million from its emergency fund and the regional emergency response fund to support immediate needs.

“It’s not just about a country’s health security … it’s about global health security,” the WHO Chief said. “Whether it is COVID-19, Ebola or other high-impact epidemics, we need to be ready and respond quickly,” added Dr. Tedros.

The WHO Chief has acknowledged the fact that the organisation needs additional funds to aid DRC in its fight against Ebola and COVID-19 and added that the health organisation is working with neighbouring provinces and countries to strengthen preparedness.

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