World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has expressed concern over the report of four suspected Ebola deaths in Guinea.
Moeti, on her personal twitter account @MoetiTshidi on Sunday, February 14, 2021, was reacting to the report by the Guinea’s Ministry of Health on the resurgence of Ebola in the country.
The Guinea’s Health of Ministry had reported that four people died of Ebola in a resurgence of the disease that first emerged five years ago.
“WHO is ramping up readiness and response efforts to this potential resurgence of Ebola in West Africa, a region which suffered so much from Ebola in 2014,’’ Moeti said.
Similarly, on Feb. 7, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recorded fresh case of Ebola in the North Kivu province of the country.
WHO stated that DRC announced that a new case of Ebola had been detected in Butembo, a city in North Kivu Province, where a previous outbreak was declared in June 2020.
“The Butembo branch of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) confirmed Ebola in samples taken from a patient with Ebola-like symptoms who had sought treatment at a local health centre.
“The woman was the wife of an Ebola survivor. She has since died,’’ WHO said.
The health agency said it viewed each fresh emergence of Ebola since 2016 with extreme concern, treating the most recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a global health emergency.
By Cecilia Ologunagba