Link: Ebola Digest Tues 25 Nov

Wednesday, 26 November, 2014

We'll be running these regularly for the time being - the link to the most recent edition of the excellent daily Ebola Digest. Today's article image is a table of cases and deaths per country correct as of yesterday.

There's a huge amount of info in this excellent daily resource and we suggest you check out the source. In the meantime we've reproduced the country-specific section of their news digest below, in the hope it may be of particular interest and use to our readers.

That link again: http://eboladigest.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/ebola-digest-tues-112514.html

REGIONAL SURVEILLANCE

Liberia   

NPP Starts Campaign With Ebola Awareness

all africa--The National Patriotic party (NPP) recently started its special Senatorial Election campaign with Ebola awareness in Maryland. The Ebola awareness which was carried out by the National Patriotic Party in collaboration with the Friends of Jimmy Anderson is ;...   

Ebola Outbreak in Popo Beach Quelled, Active Case Finders Say

all africa--The Project Team of the UNDP/Ministry of Health Community Based Initiative in Montserrado County, has reported that the outbreak of Ebola in the Popo Beach Community in District 16, New Kru Town has been quelled. According to the Team, ;...

Ebola Hot Spot - Rural Rivercess Towns Ravaged By Virus Outbreak

all africa--He said MSF is doing well for the quarantine communities by giving treatment to people who are sick but one of the problems is the lack of food for people in the whole of Kinkayah (Kayah for short) chiefdom especially in Gozohn Town. Gozohn is the town ;...   

Distribution of cases of EVD by week of reporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (as of week 45/2014) 18 Nov 2014

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Country: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria Rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Eighth update, 18 November 2014

12 Ebola Survivors Presented to West Point Elders

12 Ebola Survivors Presented to West Point Elders The Active Case Finders providing services in West Point Community have identified 12 survivors from the community and handed them over to the elder council in West Point. Ministry of Health Community Based Initiative in the West Point Community district ;...

Montserrado Initiative Tackles Reducing Ebola Denial

Initiative Tackles Reducing Ebola Denial UNDP/Ministry of Health Community Based Initiative (CBI) in the West Point Community district 4, has organized a meeting with the Elder Council, the new Commissioner and the youth of West Point. The meeting was part of efforts by Active Case Finders and ;...

Ebola Outbreak Suppressed

Ebola Outbreak Suppressed The Project Team of the UNDP/Ministry of Health Community Based Initiative in Montserrado County has reported that the outbreak of Ebola in the Popo Beach Community in District 16, New Kru Town, has been subdued. According to the Team, there are ;..

MSF to Close Operations at Ebola Epicenter

Doctors Without Borders has said that the CMC in Foya, Lofa County has not recorded new admissions in the past 10 days, and since 30 October there have been no confirmed Ebola cases. MSF further disclosed that its teams are now reducing CMC capacity from 25 to 10 beds and may eventually close down by end of November.

Chinese ETU ready for dedication

The Chinese construction company CNQC, building an Ebola Treatment Unit at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, is expected to be officially turnover for dedication today.

Resurgence of Ebola in Bong County

Star Africa--Reports from central Bong County say the county health team has reported 22 new cases of Ebola over a period of one week, despite huge reduction in the number of cases across the country.Media reports Monday quote the Bong County Health Team Administrator Fatorma Jusu as saying 10 of the 22 cases are confirmed, one probable and eleven suspected. Jusu attributed the emergence of new Ebola cases in the county to the outbreak in Taylor-ta that has now crossed over to Bomota and Gbatala, all of which are adjacent to Taylor-Ta in Yelequelleh District, Bong County.

Mali

Mali confirms 2 new cases of Ebola virus disease

Mali Ebola situation assessment 25 November 2014 Mali?s Ministry of Health has confirmed an additional 2 new cases of Ebola virus disease. The first, confirmed on 22 November, occurred in the 23-year-old fiancée of the 25-year-old nurse who attended the Grand Imam from Guinea (the index case in this outbreak) and died of Ebola on 11 November. The young woman developed symptoms on 19 November and, on 20 November, was hospitalized in isolation at Bamako?s Ebola treatment centre, a new facility which opened last week. Because of her association with the nurse, most of her close contacts were already under surveillance. Her case was detected early in the disease course. Her quick isolation has further reduced opportunities for community exposures. The second new case is part of a family of previously confirmed and deceased patients. The 27-year-old man lost his mother and half-brother to Ebola. He developed symptoms on 19 November and was admitted for treatment at...

The Race to Stop Ebola in Mali

Senegal and Nigeria were able to contain Ebola. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were not. Mali is on the fence. ?Five people have already died. Mali confirmed a sixth related Ebola case Saturday; a female relative of a nurse who treated the imam. Every day, twice a day, teams are checking just over 300 people [...]

Mali confirms eighth Ebola case, monitoring 271 people

(Reuters) - Mali said on Monday that another person had tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing the total number of cases in the West African nation to eight.

Top UN health officials take joint mission to Mali in support of Ebola response

The Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, have visited Mali in a joint mission to support the country in its efforts to curb the spread of Ebola, as [...]   

WHO Director-General visits Mali to bolster UN support to the Ebola outbreak

The visit occurred as the Government announced a new case of Ebola and said 2 more suspected patients were being tested. At least 5 people have died from Ebola in Mali already, and the country has been working diligently to trace several hundred contacts of the recent Ebola cases to prevent extensive spread of the disease in the country. Rapid response essential "In the past few weeks, Mali has responded quickly to find people who came into contact with someone infected with the disease," says Dr Chan. "This rapid response was essential to prevent the disease from spreading. It is vital right now that WHO and all other UN organizations working in Mali support the Government in maintaining this strong response until we are certain this outbreak is contained."    

WHO chief discusses Ebola response with Malian leaders: UN spokesman

(Xinhua) -- Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan was in Mali over the weekend to discuss with local authorities better ways to stem the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least five people in the West ;...

Sierra Leone   

Ebola victims bodies left in hospital doorway by protesting burial teams

Guardian--Health workers in Kenema, Sierra Leone, say they have not been paid their hazard allowance for seven weeks Bodies of Ebola victims have been dumped outside a hospital in Sierra Leone by burial workers, who are protesting at the failure of authorities to pay them bonuses for their hazardous work, residents have said.Tensions in the eastern town of Kenema reached new heights with the action by members of the burial teams. Local residents said three bodies were abandoned in the hospital doorway, preventing people from entering. There were reports that 15 bodies in total had been left in the street. Continue reading...

S/Leone's minister to host online press conference on Ebola

star africa--Sierra Leone's Minister of Information and Communications Alpha Kanu will host an online press conference on Ebola on Wednesday, November 26, the government said on Tuesday.Since Sierra Leone recorded the first case of Ebola on May 25th, this year, the President of the West African state Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma scaled down other development projects [...]   

Sierra Leone: Ebola - Political Leadership for a Crisis?

all africa--In the fourth of a series of blogs about the impact and consequences of Ebola in Sierra Leone, ARI researcher Jamie Hitchen, recently back from a year spent working in the country, evaluates the Sierra Leonean government's response to the Ebola outbreak. Jamie's previous entries on Ebola in Sierra Leone focused on health care, economic hardship and stigma.

Sierra Leone sacks striking Ebola workers

starafrica--The head of Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has vowed to punish aggrieved workers who abandoned dead bodies in the streets as part of a strike action in the eastern city of Kenema. The NERC Chief Executive, Retired Alfred Paolo Cote said that the striking workers would be replaced with a new set [...]   

Sierra Leone: UK Selects IOM to Manage Ebola Training Facility in Sierra Leone

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IOM Sierra Leone has been awarded a 6-month GBP 4.19 million contract by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to manage an Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Currently managed by the UK Ministry of Defence, the academy provides a comprehensive 3-day training programme for frontline Ebola practitioners deploying to operate Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) throughout Sierra Leone. The training programme, which can graduate over 3,000 health care workers a month, includes modules on the principles of an ETU, donning / removing of personal protective equipment, and cleaning in an ETU. It features a model ETU for practical training. IOM will manage the academy in close collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Armed Forces Medical Unit. In six months, management of the facility will be handed over to Sierra Leonean counterpart...

Police and health officials hunting man from Sierra Leone amid Ebola fears - AsiaOne

Samuel Sesay, 31, was healthy when he flew into Thailand about two weeks ago. However, the inability of health officials to contact or find him at the hotel he said he would be staying has led to concerns.   

Chief Justice must quit now for the good of Sierra Leone

the sierra leone telegraph--The entire establishment in Sierra Leone is today in a state of deep moral and constitutional crisis, whiles Ebola continue to destroy the lives of thousands of poor citizens. The morale of lawyers in the country has been severely dented, and the country's justice system reduced to a kangaroo court. Why?