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Irish Ebola review to be published next year – Department

The review is intended to be completed and published in 2017, the Department of Health confirmed to the Medical Independent (MI).

In May this newspaper reported that the work of the review had begun, but the Department said it was not in a position to set out a timeline for its work.

However, a Department spokesperson said last week that the “preliminary work” of the review continues.

 “Preliminary work has begun on the review of the co-ordination of the national response to the Ebola outbreak,” said the spokesperson.

“This review will inform the development of public health emergency planning in Ireland and will take account of the International Health Regulations (IHRs), European structures and regulations, and the emergency management framework in Ireland.

“It is intended that the review will be completed and published in 2017.”

Earlier this year the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Ebola Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) over. The PHEIC had been called in response to the start of the Ebola outbreak.

According to recent WHO figures, a total of 28,616 Ebola cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths, from the beginning of the outbreak until June this year.

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