Minister of State for Health (General Duties), Sarah Opendi revealed that Uganda is free from Ebola.
This Ebola outbreak, the seventh largest in history, with 216 cases and 139 dead since July, has seen a sharp uptick in cases in the last few days after response efforts were limited by rebel violence, political instability and community resistance.
"We will not rest until the outbreak is finished", he said, voicing hope that the robust response already in place could halt the spread of the virus "within this year".
Following an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting, the WHO concluded that the outbreak is of high regional importance, but is not now a global threat - and due to strong government leadership and a robust international response team already in place, there was no "added value" to declaring a PHEIC, they said.More news: Cowboys Defense Stands Out in Blowout Win over Jaguars
A Congolese health worker checks the temperature of a woman before the launch of vaccination campaign against the deadly Ebola virus near Mangina village, near the town of Beni, in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 8, 2018.
The latest outbreak - the 10th in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976 - emerged in the highly-restive northeastern region of North Kivu, which is home to a clutch of armed groups.
"We do have some optimism that this outbreak, just like the one in May, will be brought under control in a reasonable amount of time", Steffen said.
The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as "very high", although the global risk remains low and, so far, the UN's health watchdog has not called for any trade or travel restrictions to be imposed, the WHO said in a press release.More news: Flu shots available despite postponement of immunization clinics
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director-general, said Wednesday that the committee's decision was backed by "good reasons".
In a press briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, MSc, went through the criteria the Emergency Committee considers when declaring a public health emergency of global concern.
An Associated Press investigation found World Health Organization delayed declaring the outbreak to be a global emergency for months, partly out of fears such an announcement would anger the African countries involved or hurt their economies. "Outbreaks are very hard to predict, but I have a feeling we're looking at another six months".
Steffan said the committee agreed that declaring an worldwide emergency at this time would hinder efforts to contain the Ebola virus.More news: Donald Trump asks Turkey for audio-video evidence in Jamal Khashoggi case