Listen: Uganda, Congo And Debra Malik discussed on Morning Edition
"And I'm Noel king in Uganda to people infected with the boulevard have died a young boy, and his grandmother, medics in Uganda say they don't have the supplies they need to fight this outbreak the virus spreads Uganda last week from the Democratic Republic of Congo, next door fourteen hundred people in Congo have died. But the World Health Organization hasn't declared this a public health emergency. If the WHO did, it would free up money and resources Debra Malik is the US ambassador to Uganda. She's joining us via Skype. Kamani Basseterre, good morning. No, Al, so the WHO says it's not a public health emergency yet, are they right to hold off in that way? Well, obviously, they have access to information that we ourselves may not have here in Uganda. Clearly, they are watching this very closely as we have been doing here in Uganda. Watching what's happening just across our border, hoping that it won't spread for the moment though. I think from the Uganda side we feel fairly comfortable that the government here is well placed to respond as they did last week to the cases that came in and any future cases. And that's despite the fact that medics there, say they need more supplies. They don't have what they need. Well again, we have a very long in porous border with eastern Congo. So knowing exactly where cases may come across as always a difficult thing to know. But we the US government as well as h o other partners have been working various with the government of Uganda over the last eleven months, while this outbreak has been going on in eastern Congo to help build their capacity supplies. They're always challenge in terms of, of supply chain moving things where they need to go. But we fail fairly fairly comfortable that"