World Health Organization praises Rwanda's Ebola preparedness

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World Health Organization praises Rwanda's Ebola preparedness

The World Bank Group announced on Wednesday that it is preparing a $300 million in grants and credits to support the fight against the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For several months in DR Congo from Ebola has killed 1,650 people.

The admission comes a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo a "public health emergency of worldwide concern", a rare designation used only for the most serious epidemics.

Three victims died in Uganda last month without spreading Ebola further there.

The Ebola crisis was declared as a public health emergency of worldwide concern by the World Health Organisation on 17 July 2019.

Accordingly, WHO warned other countries to apply preventative measures against the disease.

In addition to a detailed National Preparedness Plan, the country is training health workers in early detection and response, educating communities about Ebola, vaccinating health workers in high-risk areas, equipping health facilities, and conducting simulation exercises to maintain a high level of readiness.

The country has trained 23, 657 people, including medical personnel at various levels, police officers, and Red Cross volunteers in preparation to deal with possible outbreak. Last week the World Health Organization designated it an global emergency, prompted partly by a case in the city of Goma, adjacent to Rwanda, and by a patient who went to a market in Uganda and subsequently died in Congo.

It has further urged the government of DRC, in close cooperation with the AU and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to provide the necessary protection to the health workers and public health centers. "The risks [of infection] are high".

"Rwanda has made a significant investment in Ebola preparedness", said Tedros.

While the Ebola virus epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo still remains confined to the eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, there has been a flare up in the number of confirmed cases since April 2019, with the city of Beni, Butembo and Katwa being the main hotspots.

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