On Wednesday, July 2 Health Ministers of eleven African Nations met with health experts, World Health Organization officials, Aid Organizations and survivors of the Ebola Virus for a two day summit on containment and crisis strategies.
The Health Ministers agreed on priority actions to end the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The Emergency Ministerial meeting on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ended with the ministers agreeing on specific priority actions to end the Ebola outbreak. The scale of the outbreak is unprecedented, with over 750 of known reports and 4445 deaths since March of 2014.
At the end of the two-day meeting, they agreed that the current situation poses a serious threat to all countries in the region and beyond, and called for immediate action. This coordinated action and response will involve all stakeholders, national leadership, enhanced cross-border collaboration and community participation. They stressed that there is a direct threat to adverse social and economic impact of the outbreak to West Africa.
The adopted inter-country strategy includes addressing a number of gaps and challenges to successful coordination which include: financing, communication, cross-border collaboration, logistics, case management, infection control, surveillance, contact tracing, community participation and research.
To meet these needs the World Health Organization (WHO) will establish a Sub-Regional Control center in Guinea to act as the coordinating arm to consolidate and harmonize support for all major partners in West Africa. They will assist in technical support and resource mobilization. The ministers also stressed the importance of continued research on the Ebola Virus.
The Common Strategy adopted highlights:
- National intra-sectorial meetings involving key government ministries, national technical committees and other stakeholders to design a plan for the immediate implementation of strategy;
- Improve awareness and understanding of the Ebola Virus through community organizing of religious and political leaders;
- Strengthen surveillance, case finding and reporting of contact tracing;
- Deploy additional resources to key “hot-spots”;
- Identify and commit additional domestic financial resources;
- Organize cross-border consultations to exchange and facilitate communications and information;
- Share experiences with countries that have previously managed Ebola outbreaks.
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A US citizen is being tested for the Ebola virus in Ghana, which has had no confirmed cases of the virus in the current West African outbreak.
The man has been quarantined at the private Nyaho Clinic in the capital, Accra, health officials say. The man was believed to have visited Guinea and Sierra Leone in recent weeks. Staff at the clinic had also been quarantined and provided with protective clothing.