Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Tuesday, 31 March 2015; The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encourages the people of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to continue practicing Ebola preventative measures. The people of the three most affected countries should not be complacent when positive results, in the fight against the Ebola disease, are achieved.
“The fight against the pandemic is not over and the last mile proves to be the most challenging. We need everyone’s corporation to control the outbreak and treat those who have been diagnosed with the Ebola disease. We also call upon all Africans to continue to support the #AfricaAgainstEbola campaign, which enables the deployment of health workers to the three most affected countries,” explained Dr. Dlamini-Zuma.
This announcement was made shortly after Guinea declared a 45-day “health emergency” and the sole remaining Ebola patient in Liberia had died. Last week, Sierra Leone instituted a lockdown of 48 hours in order to thoroughly search for Ebola victims who are afraid to come forward.
“In addition to ill practice of the Ebola preventative measures, we have seen Sierra Leoneans fleeing their country and heading to Guinea’s ports of entry. It is imperative that people adhere to preventative strategies that may be introduced in order to combat the disease. In this way, we will control the epidemic and continue to see a reduction in new infections and death rate,” concluded Dr. Dlamini-Zuma.
The #AfricaAgainstEbola campaign is coordinated by the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, a registered charity, in partnership with the African Union. All donations made to the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust will be used to train, equip and deploy African health workers in the fight against Ebola and to build long term local health capacity. In partnership with the African Union, our mission is to mobilize resources to send much-needed health workers – drawn from within Africa – to the Ebola-afflicted countries. Under the operational coordination of the African Union Support to West Africa (ASEOWA), trained doctors and nurses will care for those infected, help contain the disease and strengthen local hospitals and care centers. Our vision is a resilient Africa that is able to respond effectively and rapidly in times of crisis.