February 18, local time, the WHO Regional Office for Africa held an online press conference in Brazzaville, the capital of the Congo, to introduce the Ebola epidemic in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as WHO’s response strategy.
According to Moti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, the Regional Office for Africa has organized eight Ebola prevention and control experts to leave the Congo (Brazzaville) for the epidemic area.
By the end of February, the WHO Regional Office for Africa will send more than 100 relevant experts to Guinea.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo currently has a stockpile of 8,000 doses of Ebola vaccine, while WHO has 20 prevention and control experts on the ground to help respond to the Ebola epidemic.
Moti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said: “WHO has allocated 1.25 million US dollars to support Guinea’s response to Ebola and has made corresponding prevention and control preparations in six neighboring countries.
Because the epidemic broke out in the border area, the surrounding areas are on high alert. Relevant departments are strengthening public health measures to quickly respond to possible cross-border transmission.”
Moti believes that the prevention and control of Ebola and the prevention and control of COVID-19 are complementary and can promote each other.
She called on governments to act quickly to avoid the continued spread of Ebola during the coronavirus epidemic.
On February 15, 700 kilograms of Ebola epidemic prevention materials donated by WHO and other agencies arrived in Guinea, and 11,000 doses of Ebola vaccine will also arrive over the weekend.
Dr. Jansane, senior adviser to Guinea’s Minister of Health, said about the country’s Ebola prevention and control: “All contacts have been documented and have been investigated epidemiologically.
At present, we have tracked about 250 contacts. As Ms. Morty said, vaccination is being deployed, and the Ebola vaccine is coming in place this Sunday, and the vaccination work will begin next week.”
From 2013 to 2016, the three West African countries, including Guinea, had the largest Ebola outbreak in history, killing more than 11,000 people.