Via GuineeConakry.info, a commentary that helps to explain the relative lack of Ebola coverage in Guinea: MANAGEMENT Ebola: From one extreme to another. Excerpt from the Google translation:
Facing the new Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa, countries adopt rather different approaches. While in Guinea, despite the recent alarming statistics, the authorities remain in the logic of the relativity of the disease, against Liberia and Sierra Leone, the army and security forces are literally requisitioned to deal with the enemy.
In the first case, one can speak of undervaluation of the problem, while in the second, we still feel that the Liberian and Leonean authorities exercise disproportionate approaches which, in addition, the general panic tenfold.
According to the latest statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa since the beginning of the year is 1711 cases, 932 deaths. Comparing the contents of the previous bulletin, these figures reflect a continued progression of the disease. The chain propagation is always unbroken.
However, countries do not react the same way about this situation. Overall, Guinea demonstrated a serenity that some might equate to a deliberate action aimed at underestimating the magnitude of the problem. These suspicions vis-à-vis the Guinean authorities back to the first phase of the disease.
Indeed, faced with the big panic that resulted of the first communications of the disease, the Guinean government, fearing the impact on attendance in the country by investors, had somehow chosen the "discretion". Which indeed was somewhat caused some friction with partners with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
But after the Accra summit, harmony is back between Guinea and the instances that support in the fight against Ebola again. Since then, the numbers are aligned, provided however that one specifies "confirmed, probable and suspect cases" .
Despite the reconciliation, Guinea remains in its sense not dramatize evil. Thus, in the favor of the US-Africa summit, Alpha Condé, although seeking the support of the international community, is still kept pouring into the doom and gloom. Similarly no action particularly drastic has yet been taken.
Any other, is the approach that has been followed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ernest Bai Koroma. As if they had planned it, the two presidents in turn declared a state of emergency. In both countries, there has also declared public holidays to allow the administrative buildings are disinfected. Face of resistance that are employed population, the army and security forces are leveraged to force suspects to surrender.
In addition, the Sierra Leonean president recently quarantined the towns of Kenema and Kailahun. The Liberian Defense Minister, Burnie Samuka promises it will be the same in the city of Gbakedou.
Basically, the Liberian and Leonean authorities, as panicked themselves, take actions that are not likely to enhance the serenity fight against the epidemic requires.
This difference or divergence in approaches may initially result from the scale facing the epidemic in each country. Although still present in Guinea, Ebola, however, seems on the downward slope. The authorities say it is better then manage it with as little noise as possible. Especially since we do not want the few investors who still remain in the country, make their bags in their turn.