UN: UN Ebola response warehouse in Guinea back in operation after fire incident

New York US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) says a main UN logistics hub managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea is now fully operational, despite the fire that swept through the facility last week threatening medicines
and laboratory materials used in the fight against Ebola.

UNMEER said late Wednesday that the warehouse fire was discovered around 8:00 a.m. local time on 18 Dec. when workers arrived at the facility in the main humanitarian logistics base of the airport and of the city of Conakry, the capital of Guinea, one of the three most affected countries by Ebola in West Africa.

"WFP has assured partners that, despite the fire last week, Conakry main logistics hub is now operating at full capacity. The cold chain capacity has already been re-established via the
setup of donated refrigerated 40 foot containers," it said.

It said the development was a sign of relief following the reports of new Ebola cases in some parts of the affected West Africa countries.

According to the latest update released on Wednesday by World Health Organisation (WHO),
19,497 people have now been affected by Ebola, with 7,588 deaths, including 666 health-care workers who are known to have been infected up to the end of 21 Dec., 366 of whom have died.

In addition, WHO said the reported cases were fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in
Liberia, and that there were "signs" that the increase in incidence had slowed in Sierra Leone
although, the agency added, the country’s west was "now experiencing the most intense
transmission in the affected countries."
-0- PANA AA/SEG 25Dec2014

25 december 2014 08:11:56




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