The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the permission for Congo to buy an experimental Ebola vaccine from foreign countries and utilize the same in the country. It was notified to the reporters by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General on Monday morning.
Tedros proclaimed that the WHO already has everything formally agreed, including agreement, registration, and import permit. Further, he added that every formality is set for utilizing the experimental vaccine. He also congratulated the Congolese Government for its immediate response to the outbreak and said that the government deserves the praise for the same.
Central Africa is again facing the threat of Ebola virus. Minimum 19 fatalities have been associated with the present Ebola virus epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Bikoro Health Zone located in the Equateur Province.
The WHO has proclaimed that about 39 verified and suspected instances of Ebola virus infection were noted from April 4, 2018, to May 13, 2018. The Health Officials have decided to try a different approach to fight against this deadly virus.
The WHO has obtained official permission to utilize an experimental Ebola vaccine. It will use a “ring vaccination” perspective, around the epicenter of the outbreak in Congo.
Dr. Peter Salama, Deputy Director General of emergency preparedness and response from WHO, asserted that working with associates and taking proper actions early & in a synchronized manner will be essential to control this deadly disease.
The WHO stated that about 393 individuals were being followed up. These individuals were identified as contacts of Ebola patients. Also, it proclaimed that the outbreak data in Iboko, Bikoro, and Wangata health zones in Equateur province was still restricted.
Currently, the outbreak has not reached the criteria for announcing a “public health event of international concern,” which would activate the development of an emergency WHO committee.
Recently, the WHO has announced that the individual’s diet should not contain more than 10% of saturated fats. It has dispatched the first draft of guidelines on fat consumption. The U.N. health agency advised individuals of all age groups to make sure that no more than 10% of their calories come from saturated fat. Such type of saturated fats is largely found in butter, eggs, milk, meat, and chocolate.