Guinea: New centres for Ebola treatment to be opened in Guinea

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - About 88 Ebola transit and treatment centres will be built by mid-November in several regional capitals and prefectures in Guinea, one of the three West African countries being ravaged by the deadly disease, Dr. Sakoba Keita, the Ebola response coordinator, announced on Tuesday.

Community transit centres would host suspected cases while confirmed cases would be referred to the treatment centres, he said.

This new strategy will relieve the University Hospital Centre (CHU) in Donka, Guinea's largest health facility, that has hosted the first Ebola treatment centre since January after the first cases were confirmed.

The epidemic has been causing havoc in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, with the international community mobilising huge financial, material and human efforts to halt its devastation.

On the sidelines of the inauguration of a treatment centre in Forécariah, about 100 km from the capital, presided over by Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana, Dr Keita told Guinean Radio Television (RTG ) that the new centres would be equipped to provide quick response to the disease.

They would be equipped with laboratories, said Dr. Keita, adding that discussions were underway with partners to build units capable of quickly determining the status of samples.

Staff of the French Red Cross and trained national health officers will work in these laboratories, which, according to the Ebola response coordinator, would stop the chain of contamination by late December.

In addition, watchdog committees will soon be installed in several prefectures and sub-prefectures to enable indigenous people to monitor those who do not live in those communities.

Dr Keita said last Saturday that the disease surfaced in the country last December, but it was only in January that the first samples tested in France determined that it was the Ebola virus disease.

He said that between 21 March and 25 October, 1,656 cases were recorded with 962 deaths, adding that 591 patients were declared cured, representing 40.5%.

The first case was detected in Macenta, 900 km from the capital, making this locality the epicenter of the disease.

The French government has launched the construction of a military hospital to accommodate Ebola patients in this part of the country.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the disease is now 10,141 with 4,922 fatalities. Most of the cases are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Senegal and Nigeria were recently declared by WHO as Ebola-free.
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