UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday called on the EU to tackle the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has killed some 1,200 people since August, calling it a “number one enemy.”
Dr Tedros Adhanom Gprisos spoke at the opening of the 72nd session of the World Health Organization, the highest decision-making body of the UN agency.
“I met with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and opposition officials, and we talked together about the measures to be taken to address the epidemic, because the Ebola is not biased, Ebola is the number one enemy,” said Dr Tedros.
“If we do not unite to eradicate this epidemic, we risk being rampant and increasing its cost and aggression.”
The spread of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic reported in August in North Kivu and Ituri (eastern) provinces is the 10th and worst recorded on Congolese territory since 1976. It is the second most dangerous after the outbreak of West Africa in 2014-2016 More than 11,000 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in particular).
Since the start of the epidemic, about 1,160 deaths have been confirmed out of 1,760 confirmed and probable cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
“So far, the epidemic has not crossed the boundaries of the two regions,” Dr Tedros said.
“But the risk of proliferation is still very high.” The number of new cases has increased significantly in recent weeks.
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