Guinea announces new measures in Ebola fight

Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced new emergency measures in Ebola fight on Saturday

Guinea announces new measures in Ebola fight

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

More than 10,300 people have died from Ebola in West Africa and while cases are thought to have peaked, Guinea is struggling to stamp out the virus partly due to often violent resistance to officials working to end it.

"I declare in the districts of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia a reinforcement of emergency measures for a period of 45 days," President Alpha Conde said on state television late on Saturday.

"Wherever the need may be, throughout this period, measures of restriction and confinement will be taken," he said in what would be a first for the country since the outbreak began.

Food and medical supplies would be given to the affected communities, Conde added. He not specify where or when such restrictions would take effect. Neighbouring Sierra Leone is currently implementing a nationwide lockdown as part of a drive to accelerate the end of the epidemic.

"Indefensible instances of negligence are showing up at the heart of our health care system," Conde said. Centres where medical staff had caught the virus will be closed, he added.

President Conde, who faces re-election in October, has set a target to get to zero Ebola cases by mid-April. The bauxite and iron ore-rich country is expected to take a $2 billion hit from Ebola and is trying to lure back investors, especially in the under-exploited resources sector.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Mart 2015, 09:16