World Bank to invest $300M to combat Ebola outbreak in Congo

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Saudi Arabia had initially said that up to 410 people from the central African state could undertake the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca later this month, a Muslim leader in DR Congo, Imam Djuma Twaha, told the BBC.

The decision, announced in a note issued on Wednesday by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited last week's move by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the Ebola outbreak in DRC's eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

About three percent of DRC's population is Muslim, according to polling by the New York-based Congo Research Group.

"But our colleagues in CDC have provided incredible support, both in Congo, in the surrounding countries, here in Geneva, in our operation centres in backstopping and providing high level technical assistance to the response", Ryan said.

World Health Organization declared last week the Ebola outbreak in parts of DRC.

The W.H.O in a statement "cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of nearly two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world".

Each year, millions of Muslims from all over the world make the trip to Mecca each year to observe the Hajj pilgrimage.

The CDC is closely monitoring and, if necessary, verify travel and trade measures in relation to this Ebola ongoing event.

During the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa more than 11,300 people were killed.

The Ebola outbreak in the country recorded back in August, 2018 in two provinces, the epidemic is still spreading.

The virus is threatening to spread to the major city of Goma or spill over DRC's border into Uganda.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease in people and nonhuman primates.

"But our colleagues in CDC have provided incredible support, both in DRC, in the surrounding countries, here in Geneva, in our operation centres in backstopping and providing high-level technical assistance to the response", Ryan said.