Congolese student with Ebola still finds a way to sit exams

Ebola vaccine- July 2019

Ebola vaccine- July 2019

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials held an Ebola preparedness briefing Thursday to discuss how the USA public health system is taking action in response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The €30m announced today will bring the total allocation of EU Ebola funding to the Democratic Republic of Congo since the outbreak began last year to €47m; with an additional humanitarian aid funding package worth €3.5m distributed to South Sudan and Uganda in June this year to support prevention and treatment of Ebola.

Over 1,600 people have since died from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in DR Congo since August 2018.

Rwanda has never recorded a case in the ongoing epidemic.

The WHO declared the Ebola outbreak an worldwide health emergency earlier in July, after the haemorrhagic fever spread to Goma, a major urban centre near the border with Rwanda.

Accordingly, WHO warned other countries to apply preventative measures against the disease.

The country, for example, has a detailed national preparedness plan, is training health workers on how to detect cases early, and is vaccinating health workers in high-risk areas, the WHO said.

The country has trained 23, 657 people, including medical personnel at various levels, police officers, and Red Cross volunteers in preparation to deal with possible outbreak.

The virus has killed more than 1,700 people in Congo since the world's second-worst outbreak was declared nearly a year ago and is threatening to spread to the major city of Goma or spill over Congo's border into Uganda.

Screening has been reinforced at the border crossing between Goma in the DRC and the Rwandan city of Gisenyi, where tens of thousands of people cross each day.

While the risk of regional spread remains high, the risk outside the region remains low, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week.

"Rwanda has made a significant investment in Ebola preparedness", said Tedros.

"But as long as the outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is a very real risk of spread to neighbouring countries".

The council called upon all AU member states, private sectors and the worldwide community as a whole, to extend the necessary financial and technical support to the deployment of the AU Mission against Ebola outbreak in the DRC.