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Tuesday, 3 July 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (debate)

  Bogdan Brunon Wenta, on behalf of the PPE Group. – Madam President, let me start by applauding the swift reaction of international players, including the European Union, to this outbreak. This is the ninth epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the past four decades. I am glad to see there has been significant progress since the last one, in May 2017, and that the recommendations from Parliament’s last resolution on Ebola were taken into consideration.

The number of potentially infected persons requiring follow-up has gradually decreased and by the end of June all of them had ceased to need mandatory monitoring. Nevertheless, because of the disease’s serious nature and the complexity of the geographical area in which it occurs, and therefore the lack of complete data, the risk to public health, both at national and regional level, remains high.

For this reason the EU should continue to provide assistance through infection prevention control and support for health centres, as well as entry/exit point monitoring for the affected areas. The EU has also funded the largest research effort on the vaccine against Ebola and this is an initiative worth scaling up. From the regional perspective, it is important that the countries exposed to the possibility of an outbreak should take action on Ebola readiness and have emergency response plans in place, and that cooperation in this very important area be enhanced.

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