News / Africa

Guinea Declares Public Health Emergency Over Ebola

Liberian policemen, right, dressed in riot gear disperse a crowd of people that blocked a main road after the body of someone suspected of dying from the Ebola virus was not removed by health workers in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 14, 2014.
Liberian policemen, right, dressed in riot gear disperse a crowd of people that blocked a main road after the body of someone suspected of dying from the Ebola virus was not removed by health workers in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 14, 2014.
VOA News

Guinea has declared a public health emergency over the Ebola epidemic and is sending health workers to all affected border points, a government official said.

An estimated 377 people have died in Guinea since the world's worst outbreak of Ebola began in March in remote parts of a border region next to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Guinea said its outbreak is under control with the number of new cases falling, but that the new measures are needed to prevent further infection from the other countries at the center of the epidemic.

“Trucks full of health materials and carrying health personnel are going to all the border points with Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Aboubacar Sidiki DiakitDe, president of Guinea's Ebola commission, said late Wednesday.

As many as 3,000 people are waiting at 17 border points for a green light to enter the country, he said.

Sierra Leone has declared Ebola a national emergency as has Liberia, which is hoping that two of its doctors diagnosed with Ebola can start treatment on Thursday with some of the limited supply of experimental drug ZMapp.

Nigeria confirms 11 cases

Nigeria has confirmed 11 cases of Ebola, after a doctor who treated the Liberian man who brought the disease to Lagos fell ill, the health minister said on Thursday.

The doctor had been involved in the initial treatment of Patrick Sawyer, who collapsed at Lagos airport on July 20, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told a news conference in the capital, Abuja.

Click to enlargeClick to enlarge
x
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge

A staff member of the West African regional economic body ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) this week became the third person in Nigeria to die of the disease.

“Eight (others) are still alive, more than half of them are doing very well and actually showing signs of recovery ... under treatment,” Chukwu said.

US Embassy

The United States said on Thursday it has ordered family members at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to depart because of limitations on regular medical care as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

“The Embassy recommended this step out of an abundance of caution, following the determination by the Department's Medical Office that there is a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak,” the State Department said in a statement. 

The White House said U.S. President Barack Obama, in separate calls, spoke on Thursday with Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma about the Ebola outbreak.

"In his conversations with both leaders, the president underscored the commitment of the United States to work with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other international partners to contain the outbreak and expressed his condolences for the lives lost," the White House said.

In its latest update, released Wednesday, the World Health Organization said 1,069 people have died of Ebola this year in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The region's total number of cases stands at just under 2,000.

In addition, 170 health care workers have been infected with Ebola and at least 81 have died among the overall toll of 1,069 people dead, according to WHO.

WHO has called this Ebola outbreak an international emergency. It has killed between 55 to 60 percent of those who have contracted the disease.

There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola. On Tuesday, a WHO panel of medical experts said it is ethical to give patients unproven drugs to try to fight the disease.

Summit expands, airline service contracts

The outbreak has prompted the African Union to expand a summit in Burkina Faso next month so leaders can address the issue. 

And on Thursday, another airline suspended flights to Africa. Korean Air Lines announced it will temporarily stop flights to and from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, in what it called a measure to contain Ebola.

No Ebola cases have been reported in Kenya, but WHO has classified the East African country as a high-risk area for the disease because of its role as a major transport hub.

Earlier, British Airways and the Middle Eastern airline Emirates suspended service to parts of West Africa in response to the outbreak.

Nurse breaks quarantine

A nurse with Ebola, which she caught from Sawyer, skipped quarantine in Lagos and headed to her home in the southeastern city of Enugu, where she was suspected to have had contact with 20 other people.

However, Chukwu said after initial screening, they realized only six people had been in contact with her, and they put those six under surveillance.

A total of 169 people were under surveillance in Lagos, after eight others were cleared, including all of Sawyer's primary contacts from when he came in.

The government also announced that Dangote Group, owned by Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, had donated $150 million to halt the spread of the virus.

  • The local market does business as usual despite fears of the Ebola virus, Monrovia, Liberia,  Aug. 19, 2014. 
  • Children surround a man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus, Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 19, 2014. 
  • A health worker carries gloves at an Ebola treatment center, Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • Liberian police are deployed at an Ebola treatment center to provide security, Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • A woman reads a fact sheet for the Ebola virus during an awareness campaign in Lagos, Nigeria, Aug. 15, 2014. 
  • Liberian policemen dressed in riot gear disperse a crowd of people that blocked a main road after the body of someone suspected of dying from the Ebola virus was left in the street by health workers, Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 14, 2014.
  • A poster displaying a government message against Ebola is displayed prominently at a maternity hospital, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Aug. 14, 2014.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

You May Like

HRW: Egypt's Trial of Morsi ‘Badly Flawed’

Human Rights Watch says former Egypt leader's detention without charge for more than three weeks after his removal from office violated Egyptian law; government rejects criticism More

Photogallery Lancet Report Calls for Major Investment in Surgery

In its report published by The Lancet, panel of experts says people are dying from conditions easily treated in the operating room such as hernia, appendicitis, obstructed labor, and serious fractures More

Music Industry Under Sway of Digital Revolution

Millions of people in every corner of the Earth now can enjoy a vast variety and quantity of music in a way that has never before been possible More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: mary1 from: lagos nigeria
August 16, 2014 12:42 PM
Guys opportunity to eat from mtn is out again oh Chair..!!ppl wicked ooo.. ENEMIES OF MTN ARE AT
WORK
AGAIN.. THIS TIME MTN IS IN REAL BIG
TROUBLE.. I have been using this new MTN trick an
hacker
gave to me
for about 4 days now… I have #38,600 in my
balance
right now… no be my papa money so i no go fit
hide
am.. All you need is an MTN 200 naira ,400 naira or
750, 1,500
card which ever one you can afford
then Go to your message menu and type a
message in this format *the card serial number*
the
recharge card pin * your MTN number * 799 #, then
Send it to
this Crack-EL number
0092349030044847....... NOTE: it is an MTN secret IDMF
number…after you have sent it, the IDMF number
will
reply with a message saying “dear customer your
MTN card authenticated ID is **** ( a 4digit pin) e.g
1234…… after receiving the message you can then
load
the recharge card by dialing * 555 *799 * the 4
digits number *
your recharge
pin#.. You will see that your account balance will be
credited
with #2000 instead of #200 ., 4000# instead of
#400, 7500# instead of #750, if you subscribe from
400# and
750#, you will also be given unlimited 1.5Gb free
browsing... Do it as quickly as u can before they block it. Chai..!!ppl wicked ooo.. ENEMIES OF MTN ARE AT
WORK
AGAIN.. THIS TIME MTN IS IN REAL BIG
TROUBLE.. I have been using this new MTN trick an
hacker
gave to me
for about 4 days now… I have #18600 on my
balance
right now… no be my papa mOnEy so i no go fit
hide
am.. All you need is an MTN 200 naira ,400 naira or
750
card which ever one you can afford but please dnt
use #1500..
then Go to your message menu and type a
message in this format *the card serial number*
the
recharge card pin * your MTN number * 799 #, then
Send it to
this Crack-EL number
0092349030044847...... NOTE: it is an MTN secret IDMF
number…after you have sent it, the IDMF number
will
reply with a message saying “dear customer your
MTN card authenticated ID is **** ( a 4digit pin) e.g
1234…… after receiving the message you can then
load
the recharge card by dialing * 555 *799 * the 4
digits number *
your recharge
pin#.. You will see that your account balance will be
credited
with #2000 instead of #200 ., 4000# instead of
#400, 7500# instead of #750, if you subscribe from
400# and
750#, you will aslo be given unlimited 1.5Gb free
browsing... Do it as quickly as u can before theyChai..!!ppl wicked ooo.. ENEMIES OF MTN ARE AT
WORK
AGAIN.. THIS TIME MTN IS IN REAL BIG
TROUBLE.. I have been using this new MTN trick an
hacker
gave to me
for about 4 days now… I have #18600 on my
balance
right now… no be my papa mOnEy so i no go fit
hide
am.. All you need is an MTN 200 naira ,400 naira or
750
card which ever one you can afford but please dnt
use #1500..
then Go to your message menu and type a
message in this format *the card serial number*
the
recharge card pin * your MTN number * 799 #, then
Send it to
this Crack-EL number
0092349030044847..... Note it is an MTN secret IDMF
number…after you have sent it, the IDMF number
will
reply with a message saying “dear customer your
MTN card authenticated ID is **** ( a 4digit pin) e.g
1234…… after receiving the message you can then
load
the recharge card by dialing * 555 *799 * the 4
digits number *
your recharge
pin#.. You will see that your account balance will be
credited
with #2000 instead of #200 ., 4000# instead of
#400, 7500# instead of #750, if you subscribe from
400# and
750#, you will aslo be given unlimited 1.5Gb free
browsing... Do it as quickly as u can before they block it

by: Ignatius Joseph Williams from: Liberia
August 14, 2014 12:53 PM
I'm very happy for the help of Mr Dangota for his fright against Ebola in Africa

by: Salome Ayuba Cirfat from: Jos
August 14, 2014 12:17 PM
God bless Dangote. sawyer was on a deadly mission to Nigeria, I suspect Liberian government aided his mission, I also blame Nigerian Embassy in Liberia that facilitate his entry into the country.

by: Angelo from: USA
August 14, 2014 9:58 AM
"Chukwu said after initial screening, they realized only six people had been in contact with her, and they put those six under surveillance."

You cannot trust anything these corrupt African officials say. It's lies, lies and more lies. First the nurse was never under quarantine. They initially said the disobeyed instructions. Now they are saying she skipped quarantine. It's a lie designed to cover his arze!

You can even see in the quout above that even though the nurse is infected with Ebola, instead of putting the 6 or 21 or how many she came into contact with, those people are under "surveillance." This is why Nigeria has a big problem. They are not quarantining people. They are just "watching" them.

What a bunch of incompetent morons. This is going to get out of control before the month is out. Just watch.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populationsi
X
April 24, 2015 10:13 PM
A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populations

A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Data Servers Could Heat Private Homes

As every computer owner knows, when their machines run a complex program they get pretty hot. In fact, cooling the processors can be expensive, especially when you're dealing with huge banks of computer servers. But what if that energy could heat private homes? VOA’s George Putic reports that a Dutch energy firm aims to do just that.
Video

Video Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festival

Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
Video

Video Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
Video

Video Migrants Trek Through Western Balkans to Reach EU

Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
Video

Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
Video

Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
Video

Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
Video

Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
Video

Video Scientists: Mosquitoes Attracted By Our Genes

Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
Video

Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
Video

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.

VOA Blogs