Via The Guardian in Nigeria, an August 3 report: All W’African nations exposed to Ebola infection, says WHO. Excerpt:
Already, West African countries have begun regional efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.
From today a four-man delegation will be visiting Togo to put in place epidemiological surveillance centres for beneficiary countries under the West African Disease Surveillance (WARDS) project.
Other tasks in this regard are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
But the region, comprising 15 member states would need among others, to invest a minimum of $50 million to stand a chance of “prosecuting an effective response.”
The campaign against the virus is being hampered by the realisation that the financial resources needed to respond to epidemic outbreaks are not within the reach of any single country within the region.
According to the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), besides measures already announced by the various health ministers, the countries must even without the financial outlay, manage to “implement synchronised cross-border interventions.”
Other urgently needed measures include strengthening of preventive and control measures, active surveillance of cases, treatment and care of suspected cases, multi-sectorial coordination and collaboration, beefing up of logistic and material support, social mobilisation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In its intervention statement made available to The Guardian at the weekend, by the Burkina Faso-based organisation, also needed is “a strengthening of epidemiological surveillance, organisation of rapid assessments, social mobilisation, training of medical personnel etc. within all countries of the region.”
The WHO wants the over 260 million citizens across the region to key into the safety precaution and curtailment measures as the best rampart against the virus.