The World Health Organisation, WHO  officially declared the current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

WHO Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus who announced the declaration in Geneva, called on countries to take notice and redouble their efforts.

The announcement followed the fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee assessing the outbreak, according to a statement by the UN.

This is coming ahead of the first anniversary of the complex outbreak in the volatile Eastern part of the country in August adjudged the second worst outbreak of the disease.

Ghebreyesus said that it was time to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system for its people.

So far, there have been more than two thousand five hundred cases of infection, and nearly one thousand six hundred  have died in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.