Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations on the Ebola outbreak in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Committee will meet on 17 October in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of global concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the outbreak.
DRC Health Minister Oly Ilunga warned over the weekend that a second wave of the Ebola virus had been confirmed in the outbreak in North Kivu, which is home to a clutch of armed groups.
As of October 14, 2018, there have been a total of 214 cases of Ebola in the region (179 laboratory-confirmed cases and 35 probable cases) and 104 confirmed deaths.
A staff member of the United Nations peacekeeping mission MONUSCO was among the latest victims of the virus, the United Nations and DRC health ministry said.More news: Facebook Inflated Video Metrics By Up To 900%, Marketers Claim 10/17/2018
Based on the current situation and information available, the WHO Director-General has convened an Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005) to provide advice on whether the current outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of worldwide concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the outbreak.
Working alongside the Ministry of Health, Save the Children has recruited and trained 230 Community Health Workers who travel door-to-door and inform families on how to prevent the spread of the disease through simple steps like handwashing.
The ministry said the latest cases were confirmed between October 8 and 14.
World Health Organization stated that it had amended "its risk assessment of the Ebola epidemic in the DRC due to potential risk factors for Ebola transmission at the national and regional levels, including transport links and population movements".More news: Canadian marijuana ban goes up in smoke
No fewer than 20 civilians in Beni were killed in the incident that provoked the suspension, which came on the heels of multiple attacks in previous weeks. The region has surpassed the Mangina Health Zone to become the epicenter of the outbreak.
It added that it was also increasing the risk of the outbreak spreading within DRC, and to neighbouring countries, especially Rwanda and Uganda.
UNICEF has identified more than 1,500 schools in the areas affected by the epidemic.More news: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry given 'long list' of baby names