EU grants Congo 328 million FCFA to fight Ebola

Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has donated 328 million FCFA to finance Ebola haemorrhagic fever control measures in north-west Congo's Kelle and Mbomo district, the head of the EU mission in Gabon Jochen Krebs told journalists here Monday.
According to Krebs, the donation given in response to an urgent appeal by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be used to establish an epidemics management committee, creating isolation wards and to purchase medicine and other products.
Part of the funds will also be used to ensure the protection of health workers against the lethal disease and to sensitise villagers on how to recognise symptoms of the epidemic, how it spreads as well as treatment measures.
The WHO epidemiological surveillance team will co-ordinate the management of the donation to be channelled through NGOs such as Médecins Sns Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Krebs said.
Ebola haemorrhagic fever, which surfaced on 4 January in Congo's Cuvette-Ouest region about 50 km from the border with Gabon, has already killed 94 out of the 110 patients diagnosed with the disease.
Meanwhile, an expert from the Central African Regional Ecosystem Protection Programme (ECOFAC), Jean Marc Froment told the press conference that Ebola virus had also killed gorillas in the Lossi sanctuary located a few kilometres from the vast Ozala natural reserve.
He said that with its 30,000 gorillas, Ozala hosts the largest concentration of plain land gorillas in the world.
Froment, who also participated in the 4-5 March scientific conference on Ebola, said that the disease constitutes a grave danger because its vector has not yet been identified while no vaccine or treatment is available so far.

10 march 2003 19:01:00

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