WHO Director General again in DRC for Ebola assessment
Written by: Administrator
Monday, June 11th, 2018, 12:58
World Health Organisation Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is again in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on his follow up trip of the Ebola outbreak that had claimed 27 people out of “59 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola cases” as of June7 said the statement from Geneva dated June 9. He will also travel to Central African Republic (CAR), one of the most vulnerable nations.
The health organization has changed its strategy by transferring more efforts to the rural DRC from urban areas as an effective way of responding to the Ebola outbreak.
“One month into the response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the focus has moved from urban areas to some of the most remote places on earth,” the statement added.
The organization said that “the shift comes after a series of unprecedented actions that have led to cautious optimism about the effectiveness of the response”.
The DRC government declared the Ebola outbreak virus disease on May8 this year in Bikoro.
After six days about 4000 doses of the vaccine were taken to Kinshasa from Geneva, the first time vaccine reached in time in response.
Dr Tedros said that there were signals of bringing the Ebola disease to its knees.
“It’s far too early to declare victory, but the signals are positive and we are cautiously optimistic,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“We have new weapons and together with the government and our partners, we have acted with urgency to save lives. We will remain vigilant until this outbreak is over,” he added.
“The next phase is all about expeditionary surveillance: teams of epidemiologists fanning out over hundreds of kilometers by motorcycles through the remote rainforests,” said Dr Peter Salama, Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response at WHO, who returned from his second mission to the country on 8 June. “They are working to find each case quickly, tracking the contacts and engaging the communities, including the indigenous population in and around the villages of Itipo and Iboko. We need to pursue the virus wherever it heads and remain agile, responsive and super focused.”