IMF to aid Congo in Ebola crisis if needed

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), says it has extensive scope to provide financial support to Congo if it needs help dealing with the Ebola outbreak that has been declared an international health emergency.

IMF officials are in contact with authorities in Congo and continue to monitor and assess the situation closely, spokesman Gerry Rice said.

“Although the economic impact is not yet clear, we have ample scope within the Fund’s lending facilities to provide financial support, if needed, and we stand ready to take action,” he said.

The outbreak of Ebola in Congo is the second worst in history, and continues to spread due largely to mistrust by people in eastern Congo of the response, and armed attacks against health workers that have limited access to patients.

There have been more than 2,400 cases confirmed, and probable cases have been registered since the outbreak was declared last August, including over 1,600 deaths.

 

Chidi Nwoke.