Rwanda and DR Congo commit to tighten cross border movement to prevent Ebola spread

Rwandan Minister of Health Diane Gashumba and her counterpart from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Pierre Kangudia met on Tuesday to tighten border control to cope with cross-border movement in an effort to prevent Ebola spread.

The two nations were committed to applying preventive processes to prevent Ebola and safe cross-border flows to decrease the risk of disease spread, a joint communiqué published after the conference held in the Rubavu district of northwestern Rwanda, which borders Goma’s eastern DRC town.

According to the communication, the two ministers addressed common processes for preventing and managing Ebola virus, including monitoring.

The meeting was convened in the framework of securing a high-level political commitment to guide the strengthening of cross-border cooperation between the two nations in disease surveillance, preparedness and reaction processes.

Last month, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the DRC as an international public health emergency.

Over 1,700 individuals have been killed by the current Ebola epidemic in the DRC.

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