$148 million needed by Ebola response for work to continue.

Doctors on Ebola suits
Doctors on Ebola suits
The Director of World Health Organization[Who],  Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on its partners participated in the response of Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo should not stop funding their works or risk to worst stage.

 “Deaths have been ward off, maybe even thousands. But it shouldn't make us to relent because it's not over and we urgently need additional funding to see it through.” He said. 

 Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they are in urgent need for US $148 million yet only US $10 million has been pledged. He stressed that besides funding; the continued insecurity in the country is frustrating because response teams cannot reach the areas hampered by the epidemic.

 “The security context is another major concern. I am deeply saddened by reports that a health facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Katwa was attacked on Sunday night.

 He added that though health workers, border officers and other responders both within and in neighbouring countries have managed to contain the outbreak and spread of the epidemic, the on-going transmission in Butembo and Katwa has the potential to reach into even more volatile and dangerous areas where almost no partners could be able to operate.

 Dr. Ghebreyesus pointed out that these reasons needed more urgent help and he believes that if help is given, the teams will be able to sustain the outbreak in the coming months. 

 He concluded by saying: “We now need them to join us in the final push. No country or partner can face this deadly virus alone. The impact on public health and the economic ramifications can expand far beyond one country or continent. We promise we won’t relent until we’ve stopped this outbreak. But beating Ebola, wherever it may be, is expensive. It requires joint work to fight it which all of us need to work together.”


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