DRC Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Published: Thursday, 18 July 2019 07:26

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This reflects worries that, while the risk of Ebola infection remains low at a global level, ‘there is cause for concern linked to the recent case in Goma, as the city is a provincial capital with an airport with international flights’.

The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC, which took place on July 17th.

The Emergency Committee expressed disappointment about delays in funding which have constrained the response. They also reinforced the need to protect livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.

“It is important that the world follows these recommendations. It is also crucial that states do not use the PHEIC as an excuse to impose trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region,” said Professor Robert Steffen, chair of the Emergency Committee.

In recommending a PHEIC the committee made specific recommendations related to this outbreak:

For neighbouring countries:

For all countries:

Source: WHO