Public Emergency Of Ebola Virus In Uganda

Ebola virus disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or simply Ebola; is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates causing by ebola viruses. The outbreak of ebola in north region countries.

These require the WHO to declare an emergency when a public health event, such as an outbreak; becomes extraordinary because it constitutes a risk to other countries, and when a coordinated international response is required. The emergency committee from the WHO which is responsible for taking this decision has met four times since the outbreak was declaring in the DRC’s North Kivu region.

Ebola virus in uganda

But during the last meeting in June the committee deciding; that the outbreak didn’t constitute a public health emergency of international concern. A month later the committee changed its mind. Its reasons for doing so were that the number of cases had increased from 2071 to 2522.

Even though the mortality rate had remained at 67%, three new cases were detecting in Uganda. In addition, a case of Ebola was diagnosed in Goma, a city of almost 2 million that is a busy entry point for the DRC. The expecting impact of the decision is that more funding will be raised for the response teams in the field as international support is stepped up.

Phase of the outbreak

The decision is significant and should have a critical affect on the response. It will provide a second breath to address the new phase of the outbreak; hopefully ensuring that it is ending. Part of this is ensuring they have the logistics to access them, especially in the most remote places.

But the decision is not a silver bullet; The outbreak of a deadly disease within a conflict zone and now in a major city cannot be solving with a technical solution; such as more funding. The Ebola response have not been enough to stop the spread of the outbreak. This is despite major efforts by the tireless Ebola response teams, community engagement, surveillance, vaccination and communication.