South Africa: Health security measures under spotlight at WHO meeting

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – UN special envoy for Ebola David Nabarro on Monday warned that despite breakthroughs in tackling the virus disease, an estimated 30 new cases are reported each week.

Briefing the media on the fringes of a World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting in Cape Town, Nabarro noted that “the battle can be won, but it requires sustained effort”.

The virus has killed more than 11,000 people across West Africa since 2013, but the numbers have dwindled since then. Nevertheless, a new flare-up in Liberia is concerning health authorities.

The WHO has brought together 200 high-level experts to establish a common framework of action in order to support, coordinate and intensify strategic development and maintenance of health security preparedness to countries in Africa and other regions.

South Africa's National Department of Health is hosting the meeting.

The event aims to finalise a framework for strengthening capacities, systems, and services to strengthen key functions for detecting, reporting and responding to serious public health events. This strategic framework outlines a vision and plan for accelerating action to achieve national and global health security.
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