Guinea: Govt. takes stringent anti-Ebola measures

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Guinea National Ebola Coordination Centre has confirmed that 18 out of the 22 people hospitalized presently in the treatment centres have tested positive for by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The government has taken several measures aimed at the eradication of the disease, but those measures have not achieved the desired results because of the intransigence of populations in several regions where medical teams were banned from operating.

Dr Sakoba Kéïta, head of the Ebola Coordination Committee, said on Wednesday that the epicentres of the Ebola disease remained in the capital, Conakry, and the localities of Low Guinea region where local populations attacked, injured or killed medical staff deployed on the ground because they claimed they did not believe in the existence of the Ebola disease.  

He said the activities in several localities, as well as the membership of youth in the anti-Ebola committees, contributed largely to the reduction of new cases.  

The government, which is determined to eradicate the deadly Ebola disease which has left 2,000 dead out of 3,000 reported cases, agreed to distribute food and money to the families suspected or affected by the Ebola disease during the 21 days of quarantine.

The World Health Organisation says Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which were worst hit by the EVD, reported thousands dead.

The three countries have increased their meetings recently within the framework of the Mano River Union, a common entity to make common decisions in the perspective to eradicate Ebola.

President Alpha Condé left Conakry on Tuesday for New York, with his counterparts Dr Ernest Baï Koroma of Sierra Leone and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia to meet with development partners to discuss the ways and means to revive the economy of the three countries, estimated at US$8 billion.

The Guinean national health authorities recently limited entry to the two main hospitals of the capital - Donka and Ignace Deen - where security has been beefed significantly.
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08 july 2015 21:03:06

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