Press releases

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The Minister of Public Health on mission to Likati with WHO and UNICEF

18 May 2017

The Minister of Public Health on mission to Likati with WHO and UNICEF

Kinshasa/Likati | 18 May 2017 The Minister of Public Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, travelled on 17 May 2017 to the Likati health area in Aketi, Bas-Uélé Province, located more than 1300 kilometres from Kinshasa, in the Nord of DRC, to coordinate the response provided following the confirmation of the occurrence of the Ebola virus disease.

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DRC: Response to The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Bas-Uele

17 May 2017

LIKATI: First joint visit of the Minister of Health and the WHO Representative to the epicentre of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.

KINSHASA, 17 May 2017: From 17 to 18 May 2017, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Minister of Public Health, and Dr Allarangar Yokouidé, WHO Representative in the DRC, will carry out a first visit to assess the Ebola outbreak that has been reported in Nambwa, epicentre of the disease, in the Likati health district, Bas-Uélé Province, located over 1400 km from Kinshasa, to the north of the DRC.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Kinshasa to discuss response to Ebola outbreak

13 May 2017

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Kinshasa to discuss response to Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA, 13 May 2017 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti today visited Kinshasa (DR Congo) to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

The visit follows notification by the DRC Government of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country bordering Central African Republic.  The Likati health zone is around 1400 kilometers from the capital. As of today, 11 suspected cases including 3 deaths have been reported.

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Update on unexplained cluster of deaths – Liberia

10 May 2017

10 May 2017

On 25 April 2017, the Ministry of Health of Liberia notified WHO and partners of a cluster of sudden deaths of unknown aetiology in Sinoe County. The event began on 23 April 2017 when an 11-year-old child was admitted to hospital presenting with diarrhoea, vomiting and mental confusion after attending a funeral on 22 April 2017.