Ebola in DRC a major concern

2019-08-05T14:04:23+00:00 August 5th, 2019|News|

Health workers in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue fighting the outbreak of Ebola in the region.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola epidemic in the DRC a public health emergency of international concern. It’s the highest alarm the body can sound. The virus had already claimed more than 1 600 lives.

Health workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the DRC. Image credit: npr.com

Health workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the DRC. Image credit: npr.com

According to the WHO, the Ebola emergency will require about three times more money than currently provided. Michael Osterholm, director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, says that it will, however, cost the world a lot more if the virus is not brought under control.

There are several mining operations in the eastern parts of the DRC that could be affected by Ebola, but until now, the mines have reported no incidents. The security situation in the region has also deteriorated with a recent attack on an Ebola affected region of grave concern.