An outbreak of Ebola has been declared in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore, Guinea prefecture, after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory.
Health authorities in Guinea revealed this development, which is the first time the disease has been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016.
While an initial investigation was carried out, it was discovered that, a nurse from the local health facility died on the 28 January 2021.
In the course of her burial, the effect of the outbreak on the victims reflected as six people who attended the funeral reported Ebola-like symptoms and two of them have died, while the other four have been hospitalized.
Going memory lane, Guinea was one of the three most-affected countries in the 2014–2016 West Africa Ebola outbreaks which were the largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has made comments on the outbreak. Moeti said:
“It’s a huge concern to see the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea, a country which has already suffered so much from the disease. However, banking on the expertise and experience built during the previous outbreak, health teams in Guinea are on the move to quickly trace the path of the virus and curb further infections,”
“WHO is supporting the authorities to set up testing, contact-tracing and treatment structures and to bring the overall response to full speed.”
On the role of World Health Organisation (WHO) during the West African outbreak, the renowned health body and partners supported Guinea to build up its capacity to respond to Ebola and the country has developed crucial expertise.
Health workers in guinea also played a vital role as (Guinean health workers) they supported the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with its recent outbreaks, with teams of vaccinators helping to train health workers in the DRC.
During the West Africa Ebola outbreak there were 28 000 cases, including 11 000 deaths. The outbreak started in Guinea and then moved across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia.