West African ministers of health in the joint fight against Ebola



Health ministers from Guinea – which is battling a new Ebola outbreak – and neighboring countries have agreed on a unified front to tackle the virus which reappeared about three weeks ago.

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

“If in 2014 Guinea and the neighboring countries were victims of Ebola, this time Guinea and the region are resolutely confronted with Ebola”, declared HE the Prime Minister.

The ministers agreed in a final declaration to put in place a coordination mechanism, to improve cross-border collaboration, including working with communities, to support efforts to contain the virus. They also agreed to facilitate the regulation of imports of vaccines and drugs and to promote effective measures to control the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Guinea declared an epidemic on February 14 after cases were confirmed positive for Ebola in a rural community in N’Zérékore prefecture, which lies near the border with Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. As of March 2, 17 cases (13 confirmed, 4 probable) had been reported.

“We are very encouraged by the common front taken by Guinea’s neighbors to fight this epidemic. We know from experience how essential this is in the fight against Ebola, ”said Dr Abdou Salam Gueye, Regional Director of Emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa. “With cross-border trade and close social ties, we cannot ignore the importance of regional approaches to health crises.”

To support Guinean health authorities, WHO and partner organizations have stepped up the response to the epidemic. Vaccinations against the Ebola virus were launched just nine days after the outbreak was declared. To date, 1,317 people have been vaccinated and 32,000 doses of vaccine have been delivered to date.

The six neighboring countries of Guinea are stepping up their preparation. Surveillance and screening are intensified at border crossings and in high-risk communities. Rapid response teams are deployed in border areas to support health district preparedness plans. Testing and treatment facilities are being expanded and efforts are being made to ensure communities take full ownership and mobilize around public health responses.

Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3yaf


NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

British Queen enters debate over Philip’s funeral outfits Police deploy 17,500 for LG Rivers election Russia, Ukraine hold military exercises, NATO responds FG reacts to location of Twitter’s African headquarters in Ghana German Constitutional Court drops controversial Berlin rent ceiling Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) Buhari saddened by killing of soldiers in Bénoué, says Magashi Edo 2020 release: Okowa congratulates the Delta team Residents of Kano and Katsina accuse manufacturers of cement price Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) Greece lifts quarantine requirement for tourists NAFDAC impound vehicle loaded with unhealthy drugs and vaccines Afghanistan respects US troop withdrawal – Presidential Aid Stepping up vigilance as Africa deploys COVID-19 vaccines NOA to organize youth summit in Bauchi state IG dissolves surveillance units in Lagos, Port Harcourt NSF: Why I took Naija Ratels FC to Benin – Edeh FG will inject 5m cooking gas cylinders in 1 year Dear Presidents Museveni and Suluhu Hassan (by Vanessa Nakate and Landry Ninteretse) DPR refuses to revoke 32 refinery licenses WHO COVID-19 Online Briefing in Africa NETCO targets business opportunities in E / Guinea Why FG alone cannot bring down the price of cooking gas Lawmaker urges ECOWAS Parliament to reject nominations from countries without 30% female representation Manchester City in first UCL semi-final under Guardiola A decade later, the Rugby Union returns to the Nigeria National Sports Festival – Edo 2020 The House of Reps will commit the governors on the autonomy of the judiciary UPFIELD Announces Etihad Airways Chef As Winner Of The First Vegan Dessert Category In This Year’S Emirates Salon CulinaireAR’S EMIRATES SALON CULINAIRE Group condemns attack on Ebonyi community 17,000 to date receive AstraZeneca’s first blow to Enugu – Official Concussion education leads to increase in World Rugby course completions to 1.8 million Nigeria registers 89 new COVID-19 infections, now totaling 164,000 Hon. Bolaji Dada charges women to actively participate in politics UN mandates ECOWAS with policies to protect and recognize women in informal sectors UN COVID-19 pooled fund funded 40% of medical supplies in Nigeria – Kallon FCTA educates farmers on resilient agriculture and food security systems Guber seeker advocates innovative approaches to boost Anambra IGR Chibok girls always on our minds, says the presidency NSCDC foils jailbreak attempt at correctional facility in Ubiaja, Edo Edo 2020: a sports festival to never forget – MOC Lawan is committed to supporting the profession of surveyor COVID-19: Osinbajo warns against vaccine nationalism COVID-19: Traditional leader tells Nigerians to put fears aside and get vaccinated Police confirm attack on Nsukka community Delta to host 21st National Sports Festival Debt figures published do not relate only to the FG – DMO FG reaffirms its commitment to securing the release of Chibok Girls Health group seeks media support to fight tuberculosis PDP Southwest Zone Congress: Caucus of Representatives Welcomes Result Farmers want insect-resistant, high-yielding cowpeas – NABDA