Congo-Kinshasa: lessons learned from Ebola outbreak – President of Democratic Republic of Congo says country has moved quickly to curb the spread of coronavirus

Learning its lessons from the Ebola outbreak, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) took swift and decisive measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus when the first cases were detected in March, the country’s president told world leaders. , gathered virtually, at the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking via a pre-recorded video, President Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi said swift government action has reduced the death rate in the DRC from 10% in the early days of the pandemic to 2.5% today.

Recognizing the role of the United Nations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, President Tshisekedi called for increased support in the areas of capacity building and technical assistance.

It also called for international efforts, including debt relief and “unfettered financing” to help developing countries recover from the pandemic and rebuild better.

The president also briefed the Assembly of his government’s efforts to promote human rights, while acknowledging that much remains to be done to combat sexual and gender-based violence.

It also calls for the Security Council to be reformed to make it more transparent, democratic and representative of the organization’s structure.

Need for climate action

The president of the DRC also highlighted the threats posed by climate change.