Ebola Epidemic Requires Extra Response: World Health Organisation Declared

August 9, 2014 1:03 pm1 comment by:



Ebola in Africa

Ebola patient Receiving Treatment

World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that immediate and necessary response is required to battle against the unfortunate Ebola virus that has rear its ugly head in West Africa. Currently, the virus has hit only four of the West African Countries; namely Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Statistically, Guinea has the highest casualties. In Guinea, 495 casualties have been reported, out of this figure, 367 deaths have been recorded. Liberia has 554 cases of which 294 have been recorded. Sierra Leone has 717 cases recorded of which 298 deaths have been recorded and 13 cases have been recorded in Nigeria of which 2 death cases have been recorded. In total, nearly 1000 deaths have been recorded.
Other neighbouring countries such as Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have remained very vigilant at their borders. WHO director general, Margaret Chan has said  ‘the outbreak of Ebola is moving faster than it can be controlled’.  On Friday 08th August, 2014 WHO  declared Ebola virus as international public health emergency.

By Kwabena Aduse-Poku

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