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Ebola Crisis In Congo Declared As World Health Emergency

The Ebola crisis which has claimed about 1,600 lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared a world health emergency by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He was addressing a press conference in Geneva while making the announcement. He has ruled out restrictions on travel and trade for the country.

The move was welcomed by Red Crescent and International Federation of Red Cross societies as it would highlight the gravity of the situation to the entire world and bring in more financial support from the rich donor nations.

The outbreak which began in the Ituri and North Kivu regions of DR Congo around August 2018 has affected about 2,500 and more number of people. The number of deaths account to about two third of the affected.

A vaccine to combat the disease is available and about 161,000 have been vaccinated with it. People coming into direct or indirect contact with the disease ridden have been vaccinated for the disease. However, counter measures to tackle the crisis are hampered by the conflict in the area. Various other reasons account for the inability to bring the crisis under control. Healthcare workers are being attacked due to doubt and suspicion borne against them by the natives who are avoiding seeking treatment for the disease. This has resulted in further spread of the disease and hurdles faced in tracking the virus’ spread are making the situation worse.

Ebola is a virus causing severe weakness, sudden fever, sore throat and pain in muscles in the initial stages. The symptoms move on to diarrhea, vomiting and external and internal bleeding. Infection occurs through direct contact with the affected person. Death takes place due to failure of multiple organs and dehydration.

WHO has warned that the chances of the disease spreading to the neighboring countries are very high and has revealed about insufficiency of funds at its disposal to tackle the disease on a war footing.

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