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EBOLA CRISIS : Joint DRC-RWANDA meeting over Ebola virus disease

GOMA,DRC- August—(Newsnetwork)- A joint meeting DRC-RWANDA was held on August 6 in the Rwandan city of Gisenyi, bringing together the health ministers of the two countries, Diane GASHUMBA for Rwanda and Pierre KANGUDIA for DRC. The overriding objective of this meeting was to work on a roadmap for joint activities with experts and a plea to be presented to WHO.

In a joint statement issued at the end of this meeting, the two countries decide to implement preventive mechanisms to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and to secure cross-border flows to reduce the spread of the disease.

The two countries will work also on common mechanisms for preventing and managing EVD cases, including surveillance,information sharing, immunization and case management.
For many observers , It’s crucial to find a joint health control mechanism as many residents from DRC and Rwanda cross the frontier for work and other activities.

The confirmation of a third death from Ebola in the Congolese city of Goma last week prompted the Rwandan authorities to restrict for several hours the population’s movements along its direct border with the city of Goma. This decision disrupted economic activities of GOMA and GISENYI, both cities being located along the border.

Christina M.

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