Ebola comeback Only Revives the Crisis

Ebola, the virulent disease which killed over 11,000 in the Mano River basin in less than a year is re-emerging in Southern Guinea. This is the same region where it first began in 2014 before engulfing neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

About five people have died in the resurgent attack, prompting Liberia to shut its northern border with Guinea. Liberia Information Minister L. Eugene Nagbe, says the border will remain closed “until the situation in Guinea improves,” according to Reuters report from Monrovia.

Liberia hopes to keep the momentum of Ebola free environment going since it last crushed few more cases following the World Health Organization’s declaration that Liberia was Ebola free last year.

The good news – and best practice in Liberia is the public has grown sensitive to Ebola that it responds with vigor to any trace, government officials say in the West African state.

Liberia’s public health at the community level is swift in reporting and tracing Ebola than any disease. This is because communities are now determined not to go through the devastation they experienced during the Ebola strikes during the initial year.

But the very reason why the disease exploded in Guinea and was difficult to contain is the purpose why its re-emergence in the southern village of Macenta has remain deadly. Villagers are reported to be running from health workers and fleeing into the bushes after coming in contact with sick relatives.

A local Guinean health official, Dr. Mamadou Diallo, said many of the people identified as suspects are largely in hidden in the bushes. The medical group, International SOS, said as many as 950 contacts identified are now undergoing assessment.

Dr. Saboka Keita, the Guinean head of the fight against Ebola, is hopeful that the disease will be eradicated.

 

Ebola, the virulent disease which killed over 11,000 in the Mano River basin in less than a year is re-emerging in Southern Guinea. This is the same region where it first began in 2015 before engulfing neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

About five people have died in the resurgent attack, prompting Liberia to shut its norther border with Guinea. Liberia Information Minister L. Eugene Nagbe, says the border will remain closed “until the situation in Guinea improves,” according to Reuters report from Monrovia.

Liberia hopes to keep the momentum of Ebola free environment going since it last crushed few more cases following the World Health Organization’s declaration that Liberia was Ebola free last year.

The good news – and best practice in Liberia is the public has grown sensitive to Ebola that it responds with vigor to any trace, government officials say in the West African state.

Liberia public health at the community level is swift in reporting and tracing Ebola than any disease. This is because communities are now determined not to go through the devastation they experienced during the Ebola strikes during the initial year.

But the very reason why the disease exploded in Guinea and was difficult to contain is the purpose why its re-emergence in the southern village of Macenta has remain deadly. Villagers are reported to be running from health workers and fleeing into the bushes after coming in contact with sick relatives.

A local Guinean health official, Dr. Mamadou Diallo, said many of the people identified as suspects are largely in hidden in the bushes. The medical group, International SOS, said as many as 950 contacts identified are now undergoing assessment.

Dr. Saboka Keita, the Guinean head of the fight against Ebola, is hopeful that the disease will be eradicated.

 

 

Filed in: Mano River Review

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