Finally!! World Health Organization declares that Ebola not a threat anymore!!
The dreaded Ebola virus, killer of thousands in West Africa, has finally been controlled. EBOLA not a threat anymore said a statement from WHO. The fatal Hemorrhagic disease is no longer a threat to the world. This was announced on the 29th of March by Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO at the organization’s emergency committee meeting.
In the last three years, Ebola has killed thousands of West Africans as it ravaged the countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in what could be termed as the worst epidemic to hit the continent. Approximately 11,000 people, fell prey to the killer virus and 28,000 were found infected with the rampaging disease.
1 EBOLA not a threat anymore
At the 9th IHR Emergency meeting of WHO, the organization’s health Committee concluded that Ebola need not be termed as a public health emergency. However, though all organizations and governments are meeting stringent norms adopted to contain the virus, WHO continues to precaution vigilance over the one time epidemic to avoid another outbreak. WHO has also declared that there is no possibility of the disease spreading through international air travel and the risk was extremely low.
2 From where Did Ebola Originate?
The dreaded Ebola virus was discovered in the Congo area in the vicinity of the Ebola River. Hence it’s name! Since its discovery, there were sporadic outbreaks, the worse of which have been seen in the last few years. Ebola had a fatality rate of 90% and was easily transferred through bodily fluids, infected objects and even fruits and food. Till date there has not been a vaccine formulated against Ebola although several pharma companies are in the last stages of research mode for the development of one.
3 WHO Suggests Precautionary Measures for Survivors
Though the Emergency Committee of WHO has declared that Ebola is not a threat anymore, the organization has also cautioned survivors to take all necessary tests. Males especially should have their semen tested for any strains of the disease. There was a high possibility of the virus existing in few survivors where one was found in New Guinea on the 11th of March this year itself. The world health body has cautioned all health workers to take necessary precautions as well as vaccinations to the effect. Although no vaccine is being sold in the market, as of yet; but the use of an experimental vaccine by a noted pharma company, which is in the last research phase, has proven excellent in containing the disease.
4 Affected Countries En Route to Recovery
WHO has called upon internal pharmaceutical support in sustaining research for the development of effective medication against Ebola as the best possible way to arrest the dreaded disease in totality.
As of now, the three worst affected countries are on the hopeful route to complete recovery. Sierra Leone especially, took a huge hit to its economy because of the outbreak. However, the country sees hope in a projected 3% rise in its economy. Iron Ore mining, the mainstay of the country is all set to resume this year.
According to John Wakeman of the IMF, “the improvement (in Sierra Leone) reflects the pick-up in economic activities following the end of Ebola and the resumption of iron ore mining early this year.”
5 WHO Requests Countries to Lift Trade and Travel Restrictions
WHO declared that EBOLA not a threat anymore as there have been no new Ebola infections in the last 132 days. Although small clusters of the disease are expected, they were not a major cause for concern according to Chan. She has asked all countries to lift all restrictions of trade and travel, levied on the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone due to the virus. Chan went on to state that all three countries have a huge pool of the best medical expertise with a strong response capacity to tackle the disease.