West Africa Grapples With Ebola Scourge, 603 Confirmed Dead

According to the release, information pills look new cases of Ebola virus disease continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the three West African countries indicated with classification of report per country showing that in Guinea out of the 406 cases registered 297 had been pronounced dead, thumb followed by Sierra Leone with 386 cases registered and 194 dead and Liberia, 172 cases received with 105 confirmed death.

The report furthers stressed that, World Health Organization (WHO) will continue to closely monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone as the situation threatens to go out of hand with alarming numbers of suspect, probable and laboratory confirmed cases.

“This trend indicates that a high level of transmission of the Ebola Virus continues to take place in the community but the respective Ministries of Health are working with WHO and partners to step up outbreak containment measures” the report noted.

A follow up action s per resolution and action to the Emergency Ministerial meeting held in Accra, the Regional Director, WHO African Region have taken a decision to re-deploy all their senior, technical, and support staff to the sub-regional coordination center that is being established in Conakry, Guinea.


The establishment of the centre will see the re-assignment of personnel including medical Directors, regional advisory, epidemiologists, communication experts, social mobilization specialists, data managers, administrative officers, and other support staff. Preparation to establish the coordination centre is in its final stage with the centre scheduled to be launched today.

The centre will act as a control and coordination platform for consolidating and harmonizing technical support to West African affected countries including resource mobilization. In a preparatory moved, WHO has initiated the process of reviewing and updating the current Ebola national response plans, a move activist believe will lead to the development of prioritized national operational plans, aligned to the inter-country strategy adopted by the Ministers of Health in Accra.

The operational plan will clearly highlight priority interventions and map out the required resources (human, financial, and logistics) for effective implementation of the outbreak containment measures. In addition, these documents will be vital for mobilization of the additional resources.
On a good note, WHO has embarked on supporting the affected countries to strengthen contact tracing, as one of the most effective outbreak containment measures with emphasis that early detection and prompt isolation of new Ebola disease cases is requisite for interrupting secondary transmission of the virus in the community.

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) in Liberia with support from world health organization is set to identify and train 107 community volunteers and 33 supervisors in the wake of the Ebola scare while a total of 296 community volunteers have already been trained in Sierra Leone.

The volunteers will be deployed in the affected communities to conduct contact tracing and ensure immediate evacuation of suspected Ebola cases from the community.

In response to a request from Liberian,Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, World Health Organization, with support from the Government of the United States of America, has donated protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies including backpack sprayers and hand sprayers for disinfection as well disposal bags for biohazard wastes to in order to ensure the safety of health-care workers in response to the scourge .

To settle the alarming bell on travel to the region, WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone base on the prevailing condition.

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