Rwanda, DRC health ministers evaluate plans for combating Ebola

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-06 23:42:51|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KIGALI, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Rwandan minister of health Diane Gashumba and her counterpart from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Pierre Kangudia met on Tuesday in a border city of Rwanda to evaluate the implementation of strategic plans aimed at combating Ebola virus.

The meeting in northwestern Rwanda's Rubavu district was convened in response to the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern DRC city of Goma, which borders Rubavu.

"We are in a very delicate situation and we are meeting to evaluate the Ebola preventive measures put in place in our respective countries and discuss the best way of tackling the crisis collectively," Gashumba told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Discussions at the meeting will be critical in addressing the current and future outbreaks of Ebola virus, said Gashumba, adding that Rwanda is looking forward to a common strategy to address the epidemic.

She reiterated Rwanda's border with DRC remains open, adding that all travels to Ebola-hit areas in the DRC should be avoided due to the Ebola outbreak in the country.

World Health Organization last month declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in DRC a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC has already killed more than 1,700 people.