After the first Ebola case in the city of Goma in the Congo, the world health organization (WHO) checks again whether a “public health emergency of international concern” must be declared.
He was going to convene the necessary experts Committee, said the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday at an Ebola conference in Geneva. “We have to do it with one of the most complex humanitarian emergency to which we have ever experienced,” he said. In June had decided the WHO, by contrast, such a health declare a state of emergency. She looked at the time, all of the criteria for such a step to be fulfilled.
In the case of a Pastor who had arrived on Sunday in Goma, had Ebola been confirmed, had been reported to the health Department on late Sunday evening. The man comes, therefore, from the province of South Kivu, and was traveled by Bus to Butembo, where already a number of people to Ebola are ill, in the capital of the province of North Kivu. In Goma, about a Million people live. In the meantime, the Pastor was taken to Butembo in a treatment center. Since the beginning of the outbreak around a year ago, nearly 2,500 people have fallen ill and more than 1660 died.
“The Situation is under control,” said Congo’s Minister of health Oly Ilunga Kalenga in Geneva. “The person is quickly to have been isolated and identified, the vaccination of those in contact with him, is in progress. “We were prepared for such an event.” It vaccine’m enough available.
WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva: “We are confident that the measures taken will attack and hope that there is no further Transmission in Goma.” According to his information, there is already since February, a treatment centre in Goma, and 3000 local employees of the health care system were as a precautionary measure, vaccination.
After the devastating outbreak in West Africa 2014/2015, with more than 11,000 deaths this is the worst Ebola outbreak. Because of the violence in the provinces of North Kivu and of Ituri, he is difficult to control. In the Region for years, rival armed groups are active. Some have attacked the helper, or false rumors about the government’s intentions spread, the health regulations will prevail. It is only in the night to Sunday two Ebola were helpers in their homes, close to Mukulia North of Butembo killed, such as the Ministry of health announced. In addition, the population is traumatized after decades of civil war and has little self-confidence to medical personnel.
Without treatment, 70 percent of the sick die. With the newly available drugs, 70 percent survive. To Maurice Kakule heard. With the Association of Ebola Survivors, he helps the sick today, as he reported via video link from the Congo. “We transport the Sick to treatment centres, we take care of us your children,” he said. The members help to educate them to overcome Fears in the population.
At the conference, in Geneva, a number of participants stressed that the outbreak without a comprehensive solution to the security questions will probably not be finished could be. Annette Dixon, the world Bank unveiled plans to create 50,000 jobs in the Region. Tedros has called upon the international community to strengthen the Region about Ebola also. “We can’t jump with the parachute in and go, if Ebola is over,” he said.
It will hardly be able to stop the outbreak, if not, more resources would be made available, warned the UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock. The WHO had estimated their needs for the period from February to July 2019 to nearly $ 100 million (88 million euros). It is up to the beginning of July had come together according to the WHO-but only the half of it.
the WHO is Calling an international health emergency, we recommend you to stronger measures to combat the disease. More border controls, the Setting up of treatment centres, or the preventive vaccination of other medical professionals can belong to.
Reuters topics in this article, Ebola WHO, Goma, Congo, Geneva, world health organization, BMG Virus, Nord-Kivu
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