The Ebola virus massacre goes unabated in West Africa despite extra-precautions being taken by governments, NGOs and the United Nations to contain it.
A total of 932 people have already been killed by the virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia, according to the latest figures released on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Nigeria’s second death occurred this week in a Lagos hospital, the country’s health ministry said.
The UN health agency also said that the virus has infested 1711 people.
WHO also said in a statement that its Director-General shared information from her recent meetings in Guinea with member states of the Mano River Union – Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The D-G outlined that the response in West Africa would focus on three areas:
• Treatment of Guéckédou, Kenema, and Foya as a unified sector, which will include public health measures meant to reduce movement in and out of the area.
• Intensifying current measures in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
• Taking steps to reduce international spread to other countries in Africa and outside of the African Region.
Photo: An Ebola corpse being transported to the morgue by health workers. Credit: Jamaica Obs.