Geneva – The Ebola deadly outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency medical emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. The virus spread this week in Gomma, a city with two million people.
The WHO Expert Committee declined three times to advise the UN agency to declare this outbreak, which, according to other experts, has long been met. More than 1,600 people have died since August of the second most deadly eradicated epidemic in history that has developed into a region described as a military zone.
This week, Ebola's first case was confirmed in
The Global Emergency Medical Declaration has often attracted greater attention and assistance from the international community, as well as the fears that nerve governments can over-react with borderline closures. it is crucial that states do not use [Public Health Emergency of International Concern] as an excuse to impose restrictions on trade or travel that would have a negative impact on the response and life and livelihood of people in the region, "Robert Schtefen, chairman of the Emergency Assistance Committee WHO
Although the region's risk of spreading remains high, the risk outside the region remains low, said WHO chief Theodoros Agamemnon Gouberios after the Geneva report. "(International Emergency Situation) should not be used to stigmatize or penalizing those people who most need our help, "he said,
This is the fifth such statement in history.Previous emergencies have been announced for the devastating outbreak of the Ebro 2014-16 in West Africa, in which more than 11,000 people were killed, the appearance of the Zikka in America, the pandemic of swine flu and the eradication of polio, an event that poses a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response. Last month, this epidemic broke out across the border for the first time when a family brought the virus to Uganda after visiting the infected Congolese relative. Even then, the commission of experts did not recommend a declaration.
Alexandra Fellan, a global health expert at the Georgetown University Law Center, said the Wednesday statement was long overdue. "This essentially serves as a call to the international community that they need to strengthen the appropriate financial and technical support," she said, but warned that states should be careful not to impose restrictions on travel or trade.
"These restrictions will actually limit the flow of goods and health workers in the countries concerned, so they are counterproductive," she said. "Future emergency statements could be seen as punishment and" may lead to other countries not "
Behind the scenes: Covering Ebola in a military zone
highly criticized for its slow response to the West African epidemic, which repeatedly refused to declare a global accident, until the virus spreads was attacking explosively in three countries and nearly 1,000 people were dead, and internal documents later showed that the WHO has given up part of the fear that the declaration would angered the countries concerned and harm their economies.
The current outbreak is spreading in the turbulent border region of the Congo, where dozens of rebel groups are active and where the Ebola was not previously. "Efforts to master the virus were affected by distrust by local residents, causing lethal attacks on health workers. Some infected people intentionally avoided health authorities.
The pastor who brought Ebola to Goma used several false names to conceal his identity on his way to the city. The World Health Organization said the man had died and health workers were trying to trace dozens of contacts, including those who traveled on the same bus.
There was no immediate reaction to the WHO urgency declaration from the Congolese Ministry of Health
"Calling for (global) failure to raise funds without paying attention to the negative consequences for (Congo) is reckless" , the ministry said after it was published by the British Secretary of State for International Development in favor of a declaration. Rory Stewart announced earlier this week that Britain would allocate another $ 63 million to respond to Ebola and urged other countries, especially Francophone, to increase their support.
The UN Secretary-General on Genetics in Geneva on Tuesday, Congolese Health Minister Oli Iluga said the outbreak was not a "humanitarian crisis" and that the risk of spreading Ebola to other cities or regions in the Congo remains the same. WHO Dr. Margaret Harris told CBS News that Pamela Falc says, "We are finalizing and worth the fourth strategic response plan for this outbreak, we still do not have the exact amount, but we know it will reach hundreds of millions." 19659022]