Ebola in DR Congo (3) WHO says Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

15 June, 2019

'The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has made a statement on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Committee decided that the Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern'

Read online: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/14-06-2019-statement-on-the-meeting...(2005)-emergency-committee-for-ebola-virus-disease-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo

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Ebola latest news ‎14‎ ‎Jun 2019

The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has made a statement on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Committee decided that the Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Director General accepts these recommendations and WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions.

The Committee expressed deep concern about the ongoing outbreak which presents challenges around community acceptance and security. The response also continues to be hampered by a lack of adequate funding and strained human resources.

The cluster of cases in Uganda is not unexpected. The rapid response and initial containment is a testament to the importance of preparedness in neighbouring countries. The Committee commends the communication and collaboration between DRC and Uganda. It recognized the heroic work of all responders, who continue to work under extremely challenging and stressful conditions.

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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFGA working group on Community Health Workers: http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group jneana AT yahoo.co.uk