12 killed in rebel attacks in Congo’s Ebola outbreak region

Henrietta Brewer
July 24, 2019

"There should be no requirement of certificates of Ebola vaccination for any movement across borders or for issuance of visas, as there is now no licensed vaccine against Ebola", the joint statement read.

Wariness of outsiders has at times hampered the efforts of health workers trying to contain the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 1,700 people. The town sits on the Rwandan border.

After the largest outbreak on August 1, 2018, a "public health emergency of worldwide concern" (PHEIC) was announced.

Many hundreds of people have since fled the area.

Dr Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, said she hoped the emergency designation would prompt a radical reset of Ebola response efforts.

"What is going to be critical is building trust within communities".

Delivering a statement in Parliament this afternoon, Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, explained that the declaration signals that there is an extraordinary event which has been determined, to constitute a public health risk to other States through the global spread of disease; and to potentially require a coordinated worldwide response.

"Certainly not for countries as far away as ours", Dr Fredericks-James said, noting that countries near the DRC or which share land borders with the African nation would need screening measures for persons crossing the borders into or out of that country.

It was the fourth meeting of the emergency committee since the latest Ebola outbreak was declared on 1 August a year ago.

WHO is the leading global technical health agency. World Health Organization (WHO) also marked the largest outbreak of Ebola in 2014-15, an incidence which affected 28,616 people and took life of another 11,310 people.

World Health Organization had been heavily criticized for its sluggish response to the West Africa outbreak, which it repeatedly declined to declare a global emergency until the virus was spreading explosively in three countries and almost 1,000 people were dead. "The health ministry and WHO need to end this epidemic as soon as possible'". Tamfum was part of the team that investigated the first known Ebola outbreak in 1977, and was the first scientist to make contact with the disease and survive.

"Strong pressure has been exerted for several months to roll out a new experiment in the DR Congo", he wrote.

Since the outbreak in August 2018, according to Médecins Sans Frontières, over 2500 cases of the disease have been reported, and at least 1600 people have died.

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