Today World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, in a press conference on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said, “We have averted a much larger outbreak, and we will not leave when the outbreak ends.”

Tedros, who goes by his first name, said, “We will stay and work with communities and government to stay and provide services for all health needs. This is what the community is asking for.”

The press conference came on the heels of Tedros’s visit to the DRC last week with Robert Redfield, MD the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It also comes on a day DRC officials added 5 new cases to the outbreak total and reported new acts of violence.

 

Credit: CDC

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See also:

WHO Ebola outbreak page

Mar 14 DRC report

Mar 7 CIDRAP News story “MSF warns of DRC Ebola response losing upper hand