DRC Ebola situation at a ‘critical juncture’ says United Nations
- Published: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 07:14
On July 15th, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting in Geneva to take stock of the coordinated response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The meeting came the day after the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Goma, a city of about 1 million people south of the outbreak’s epicenter.
With the outbreak previously confined to the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, the response is at a critical juncture, says the UN. WHO assesses the risk of spread to neighbouring provinces and countries as very high.
Chaired by the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, the UN event included the DRC Minister of Health, Dr. Oly Ilunga, the Minister for Solidarity and Humanitarian Action, Mr. Bernard Biando Sango, and the Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon. Rory Stewart, as keynote speakers.
During the event, Dr. Tedros announced that he will reconvene the WHO Emergency Committee as soon as possible to assess the latest development and advise accordingly.