June 12, 2024

WHO Africa says DRC investigating suspected Ebola case in North Kivu

WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti speaks during the Strategic Roundtable discussion "A Healthy Return: investing in a sustainably financed WHO" on 23 May 2022 at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Expert reports have highlighted the mismatch between what the world needs from WHO and, in particular, its role leading the multilateral response to health emergencies, and the way it is currently funded. In January 2021 the Working Group on Sustainable Financing was set up to look afresh at the issue and it makes substantive recommendations in a report to be discussed at this Assembly. The discussion included the formal launch of ‘A Healthy Return: investing in a sustainably financed WHO’, the new WHO investment case. It also spotlighted the Results Report 2020-2021 ‘For a Safer, Healthier and Fairer world’ as an example of the commitment of the Secretariat to enhanced accountability, transparency and reporting on resu https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/05/23/default-calendar/strategic-roundtables-seventy-fifth-world-health-assembly Title of WHO staff and officials reflects their respective position at the time the photo was taken.

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are investigating a suspected case of Ebola virus disease, in the country’s eastern province of North Kivu, the World Health Organization announced on Saturday, adding that the country’s National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) is in the process of testing samples to determine if the patient contracted Ebola.  

The suspected case is a 46-year-old woman who died on August 15, 2022 in Beni, a town located in North Kivu. The patient received care at the Beni Referral Hospital, initially for other ailments, but subsequently, exhibited symptoms consistent with Ebola virus disease. 

“While the analysis is ongoing, WHO is already on-the-ground supporting health officials to investigate the case and prepare for a possible outbreak,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. 

The WHO said their staff are working with health authorities to identify anyone who came in contact with the suspected case and monitor their health.

“WHO will also work to ensure proper infection prevention and control measures are in place, that treatment can be made available for those who need it, and to raise awareness about Ebola among local communities,” it added.

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