While urging the DRC to continue to improve and sustain cross-border screening of Ebola cases, the committee also strongly recommends that at-risk countries improve their preparedness for detecting and managing exported cases, as Uganda has done. Tests confirmed he had Ebola and the family was placed in an isolation ward. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers.
"We have a hell of a long way to go in this response", he told Reuters. "It's just a tent". The epidemic has already killed 1,390 people in eastern Congo. The Congo's health ministry said all members of the Congolese-Ugandan family have agreed to be repatriated to the country for clinical trials. Three have since died.
The IRC has been responding to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu since its declaration in August previous year working in more than 50 health facilities and leading on infection prevention and control (IPC) and working in women's and children's protection, integrating Ebola-related protection concerns in areas where IRC supports primary health care services.
"Even the gloves are not enough", the hospital administrator said Thursday. It is critical, now more than ever, that the WHO, UN, AU and DRC do all they can to stop this outbreak in its tracks. A nurse nodded in agreement.
The World Health Organization said Friday that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not qualify as an global threat, despite confirmed cases also in neighbouring Uganda.
The designation usually triggers more funding and political awareness about the situation.
This time around Phelan thinks the World Health Organization displayed an obvious hesitancy about crying wolf lest a more serious outbreak emerge that requiring greater global concern. Travellers from Congo have also brought Ebola to Uganda, which has now recorded two deaths with some 50 people being followed for possible Ebola infection.
The current Ebola epidemic, which began in August past year in eastern DRC, has already affected 2,062 people, killing an estimated 1,390.
Ebola spreads through contact with the blood, body fluids, or organs of someone who is infected. Basic equipment such as gloves is essential. Two of those patients died. Here, people arriving from Congo wash their hands with chlorinated water to prevent the spread of infection at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo, in western Uganda Friday.
Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies program, said that he expected Uganda to approve the use of experimental therapeutic drug treatments, to be shipped "in coming days".
"We have the people, the tools, the knowledge, and the determination to end this outbreak", he said. Health officials are still investigating 322 suspected cases.
"It is clearly the responsibility of the district to order supplies", she said.
The WHO is clear that more needs to be done. "It is not cost-effective" to build permanent structures.
The family's case shows the challenges in tracking those infected in an outbreak where an alarmingly high percentage of cases aren't discovered until it is too late. Some Ugandan physicians were deployed to the West African outbreak of 2013-2016, the deadliest in history. The health workers at both facilities had been vaccinated.
Still, corruption is rampant, and many local people are scornful of government officials seen as out of touch. The country reported its first cases of Ebola this week.
"There is nothing to gain, but there is a lot to lose", he said.