West African health ministers in joint battle in opposition to Ebola

Conakry – Ministers of Neatly being from Guinea – which is combating a new Ebola outbreak – and neighbouring countries have agreed on a unified front to fight the virus that re-emerged about three weeks within the past.

The assembly was opened by His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Guinea, Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana in Guinea’s capital, Conakry on 2 March. Ministers and authorities representatives from Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone attended the inter-ministerial assembly.

“If in 2014 Guinea and the neighbouring countries had been victims of Ebola, this time round Guinea and the plight are resolutely facing up to Ebola,” stated H.E. the Prime Minister.

The ministers agreed in a final declaration to living up a coordination mechanism, pork up disagreeable-border collaboration, including working with communities, to toughen the efforts in containing the virus. They furthermore agreed to facilitate import rules for vaccines and pills as nicely as promote measures that had been efficient in bringing the 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa below alter.

Guinea declared an epidemic on 14 February after cases had been confirmed obvious for Ebola in a rural neighborhood in N’Zerekore prefecture, which lies shut to the border with Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. As of 2 March, 17 cases (13 confirmed, 4 probable) had been reported.

“We are vastly encouraged by the in vogue front taken by Guinea’s neighbours to address this outbreak. Every person is aware of from trip how remarkable right here is severe in struggling with Ebola,” stated Dr Abdou Salam Gueye, Regional Emergency Director at the World Neatly being Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa. “With shut disagreeable-border alternate and social ties, we are in a position to now not ignore the importance of regional approaches in opposition to health crises.”

In toughen of Guinea’s health authorities, WHO and partner organizations have ramped up response to the outbreak. Ebola vaccinations had been launched factual nine days after the outbreak was declared. So a ways 1317 other folks have been vaccinated and 32 000 vaccines doses have been delivered.

All the six countries bordering Guinea are stepping up readiness. Surveillance and screening are being stepped up at border crossing aspects and in high-possibility communities. Fast response teams are being deployed to border areas to toughen preparedness plans of health districts. Discovering out and therapy facilities are being scaled up and work to be obvious communities eradicate fleshy possession and rally round public health responses is underway.

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