The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency of international concern.
“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system. Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders—coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities—to shoulder more of the burden.”
The declaration followed a meeting in Geneva of the international health regulations emergency committee for Ebola in the DRC. The