Health ministers from 11 countries in West Africa have embraced a strategy to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak.
This was decided at an emergency meeting called by the World Health Organization WHO in Ghana, as ministers promised better collaboration to fight what has become the world’s deadliest outbreak to date.
The virus infected toll so far is over 750 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and 467 of them have died. Under the new strategy, the W.H.O. will open a sub-regional control centre in Guinea to co-ordinate technical support.
Keiji Fukuda, W.H.O.’s assistant director-general of health security, said it was impossible to give a clear answer on how far the epidemic could spread as he expects that they were going to be dealing with the outbreak, from a few months to several months.
Educating people is viewed is a better option to closing borders as the most effective way to contain the virus.
The W.H.O. has already sent experts into but says political commitment is needed from the region to controlling and stopping the outbreak.
Ebola which kills up to 90% of those infected is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids and there is no vaccine or cure.