Via UNICEF, a very informative Scribd. post: UNICEF Fights Ebola Outbreak in Guinea. Excerpt:
CONAKRY/DAKAR, 22 March 2014 – In the face of an ebola outbreak that has already left at least three children dead in Guinea, UNICEF immediately rushed five tonnes of aid, including medical supplies, to the most affected areas which arrived today.
At least 59 out of 80 who contracted ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities of Macenta, Guéckédou, and Kissidougou to the capital, Conakry.
“Ebola is an extremely serious disease and UNICEF has taken immediate action to reduce the risks for children. In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating,” said UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya. “UNICEF has prepositioned supplies and stepped up communication on the ground to inform and sensitize medical staff and the population on how to avoid contracting ebola.”
In collaboration with the Guinean Ministry of Health, UNICEF moved swiftly to send five tonnes of medicines, medical devices and emergency equipment such as protective gloves, tarpaulins, plastic mats, and intravenous and oral rehydration solutions to protect medical staff and treat the sick.
Last week, when the first signs started to appear, UNICEF distributed 50,000 pieces of soap, 1,000 bottles of sodium solution for rehydration, 5,500 chlorine bottles, 5,000 packets of rehydration salts and powdered chlorine, to medical workers in the affected areas.
The outbreak is particularly devastating because medical staff are among the first victims, so far it has killed at least eight health workers who have been in contact with infected patients--hindering the response and threatening normal car in a country already lacking in medical personnel.
"Already we know that caregivers urgently need protective equipment such as hats, masks, goggles, gloves, boots, aprons, and other materials such as coats, disinfectant sprays, and, sadly, body bags," said the UNICEF Representative. He asked medical workers to keep themselves up-to-date with the latest information and to strengthen their cleaning and sanitation regimens.