WHO Emergency Committee ‘deeply concerned’ about Ebola situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Published: Friday, 19 October 2018 08:38
A meeting of an Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on 17th October 2018.
The Committee decided that while a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) need not be declared at this time, the Committee was ‘deeply concerned’ by the outbreak and emphasized that response activities need to be intensified and ongoing vigilance is critical. The Committee also noted the very complex security situation in the region which is making containment harder.
During the meeting, the WHO Secretariat provided an update on the situation and the response to the current EVD outbreak and preparedness activities in neighbouring countries. Nine neighbouring countries have been advised that they are at high risk of spread and have been supported with equipment and personnel. Particular emphasis has been placed on Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan in terms of preparedness activities.
The assessment of the risk of spread is low at global level but it is very high at both national and regional levels.