West African Countries Agree for Common Strategy to Battle Ebola

West African Countries Agree for Common Strategy to Battle Ebola

A common strategy has been adopted by West African countries to deal with the deadly Ebola virus outbreak, said a media report on Friday. The World Health Organization (WHO) called an emergency meeting in Ghana, in which a consensus was achieved among health ministers from the 11 West African countries to work together to battle with the world's deadliest outbreak to date.

As per figure provide by the WHO, the virus has infected 759 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Of them, 467 have died.

The new strategy will enable the WHO to open a sub-regional control centre in Guinea to provide technical support. According to health officials, the best measure to deal with the virus is to educate people. Public health measures have not been effective in some areas because of cultural practices and traditional beliefs. As a result, spread of the disease has increased in those areas.

Mobs have attacked health workers in some cases, leading closures of health centers. More than 150 experts have already been sent to West Africa over the past few months. The WHO has sent these workers to contain the outbreak, however it has said that political commitment from the region itself is the utmost requirement to eradicate this outbreak.

The outbreak was first reported in the southern Guekedou region of Guinea in February and it has contributed to most of the deaths.

Coming in contact with an infected person's bodily fluids leads to spread of Ebola. Scientists have not been able to develop any vaccine or cure for the infection. As of now, about 90% of those infected with the virus have succumbed.

"I certainly expect that we are going to be dealing with this outbreak, minimum, for a few months to several months. I really hope to see a turnaround where we begin to see a decrease in cases in the next several weeks", said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general of health security.

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