Via Le Jour, an opinion piece: Fever Ebola governance Alpha Conde. Alpha Conde is the president, and evidently not universally loved. Excerpt from a Google translation, slightly edited:
A measles epidemic is raging in most parts of the country. In seven weeks, 2157 cases were reported. Only the coastal prefectures have been given a satisfactory coverage because according to the authorities of the Ministry of Health, the number of vaccines is still insufficient for the whole country. However, the EPI mission in Guinea since 1979 includes prevention.
So it is not permissible that Guinea is experiencing this epidemic. The reasons for this deficiency should be explained to the public by the establishment of "a parliamentary commission of inquiry to shed light on these programs that receive substantial external funding.
Malaria in Guinea a weapon of mass destruction. It remains the leading public health problem and is the leading cause of hospital deaths (15%). The mortality rate due to malaria is according to statistics from the WHO (World Health Organization) to nearly 170 deaths per 100,000. And malaria kills more than thirty thousand Guinean year.
It is in this context already grim enough, ebola fever wreaks havoc and feeds psychosis panic in people already tested by other calamities. Four cases of this disease have recently been reported in the Guinean megalopolis with more than 2 million inhabitants. These cases are in addition to dozens of others reported in Forest Guinea.
Its rapid spread alarm all countries of the region. Some of them have erected a "cordon sanitaire" crossing borders to guard against contagion. Several capitals in the world are alerted and travelers from Guinea are paying the price. ECOWAS has launched an appeal for international assistance, which confirms the seriousness of the situation.
A foreseeable disaster
The catastrophic health situation in Guinea is not a surprise. Less than 3% of the population has social security coverage. Weak sector funding, lack of qualified staff and poor distribution in the territory and the poor quality of health structures explain the low access of rural people especially to essential medicines.
Maintaining Guinea among the countries with the lowest human development index (HDI) since its inception in the early 1990s makes achievement of the MDG targets by 2015 an illusion. Resources allocated to the health budget never went beyond 3% of total expenditures. For 2014, they are only 2.74%, while WHO and ECOWAS require a minimum of 15% of resources for public health. Obviously Guinea is very far off the mark.
Alpha Conde's government priorities are not improving the living conditions of the population, nor the reduction of poverty as most of the country's resources are directed to the sovereign ministries (defense, security, administration of the Territory). Chair with the blessing of the CNT was granted a budget of one billion GNF (one hundred thousand euros) per day and the Ministry of Defence which is another office where Conde himself seized the lion's share with 10% of the national budget.
Guineans should not be criticized for atavistic fatalism as the reason for their unhappiness. They are visible and they scoff at the vast majority of the population. Guinean leaders have a major responsibility for the multiple sufferings of society because in siphoning for their own account for a very long skinny national income, they reduce nearly three million souls to what Franz Fanon called "the wretched of the earth. "
Guineans should know that endemic poor governance of our country is the cancer that eats all sectors of society. It is also more harmful and dangerous than Ebola fever. The indispensable and urgent eradication of this infectious disease is an urgent necessity. National solidarity and civic awareness are intended to assist in the fight against this new scourge that is decimating fellow and reverberates several families.
But we must also neutralize the factors of bad governance which the country suffered. The persistence of epidemics recalls that weak leadership at the head of the country can only bring desolation, despair and widespread poverty. Therefore changing the current governance by social and civic mobilization to stop the downward spiral of our country is an absolute necessity.