Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Thursday, 19 February 2015; The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has voice grave concerns over violent action against health workers treating Ebola patients in Guinea.
“We are fully supportive of the Guinean government’s condemnation of such action against health workers and volunteers. Each one of them puts their lives at risk to treat those affected by the disease and rebuild the health systems of the affected countries. Such attacks hamper our ability to contain the virus effectively,” explained Dr. Dlamini Zuma.
“It is very unfortunate that we may see a resurgence of the virus if health workers are impeded from performing their humanitarian mission. As it is, the World Health Organisation announced last week that the number of new cases in the country has nearly doubled to a total of 64. This is coming at a time when we had started to record significant reductions in both mortality and new infections. The African Union Commission remains dedicated to assisting the Guinean government in preventing violence against health workers, working with local communities” concluded Dr. Dlamini Zuma.
The African Union Commission, through its Africa Support for Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), has deployed a total of 835 health workers since the outbreak to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A total of 151 African health workers have been deployed to Guinea.