Jul 9, 2009, 5:25 AM
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the AU, arrived in Ghana on Wednesday. She came to West Africa to assess the Ebola situation. Yesterday Thursday, she was in Liberia, and will be going to Sierra Leone and Guinea.
President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast has donated to Ebola-hit countries one million US dollars. He is the second head of state in Africa to have assisted Ebola-hit countries, after Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh.
The Guinean government announced on Wednesday it would compensate the families of health workers, 42 in number, who died due to the Ebola virus. Each family of the 42 health workers, including doctors, nurses, drivers and stretcher-bearers, will receive US$10,000.All retired health workers have also been asked to report to the ministry of health to help in providing health services, as substantial financial reward or pay will be given to them for their service.
Two killed in Sierra Leone riot sparked over blood testing of a woman in Koindu, Eastern part of the country. The youths opposed the blood testing, resulting in a riot which killed the two men and wounded 10 people seriously. A local radio station was also attacked and journalists beaten in Sierra Leone.
Columbia has contributed one million US dollars to the UN Fund for Ebola.
President Obama said “I am more optimistic about Ebola situation in USA.”
It should be noted that a French nurse, a Spanish nurse, an American cameraman who contracted the virus in Liberia and were admitted in their respective countries have recovered.
The UK to send 100 health workers to Sierra Leone whilst USA has sent 4,000 troops to West Africa, 500 of them will be stationed in Dakar, Senegal, at the airport and seaport.
The Ebola situation is becomingmore alarming in Sierra Leone; in Freetown every week 75 to 100 people are reported dying of Ebola, while the number upcountry ranges from 25 to 50 deaths each week.
According to WHO, 4,900 people have so far died of the virus, and 10,000 cases registered. WHO said these figures are underestimated, because of lack of cooperation in gathering correct reports.
South Africa assists Ebola-hit countries with US$3 million.
Kenya to send 315 health workers to Ebola-hit countries.
Any traveller from Ebola-hit countries going to United States of America would be quarantined for 21 days before going to their final destinations.
Mali registered its first case of Ebola when a young Malian girl of two years who contracted the virus returned from Guinea with her mother. The girl and her parents are residing in Kaye, 600km from the capital Bamako. Kaye is 100km from Senegal. Health officials in Mali said the girl’s health condition is improving.