Health experts from Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) met on Monday in Cote d’Ivoire’s political capital, Yamoussoukro, to harmonize their operational procedures in the fight against Ebola virus that is still prevalent in parts of West Africa.


“The persistence of cases of Ebola virus in countries neighboring Cote d’Ivoire forces us to maintain an adequate level of vigilance,” the Resident Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tano-Bian Aka said during the opening of the five-day conference.

Cote d’Ivoire and Congolese experts are expected to come up with harmonized procedures and training modules that will be used in the fight against the epidemic.

The training will guarantee “a rapid and adequate” response in case of an appearance of the virus in Cote d’Ivoire, a country which has so far been spared from the disease.

Last week, the Cote d’Ivoire government decided to reinforce preventive measures against Ebola virus following the reappearance of the virus towards the end of June in neighboring Liberia.

Whereas Liberia had been declared Ebola free on May 9 by WHO, the virus reappeared in the country on June 29 with six confirmed cases and one death.

The government termed the situation as “worrying” and instructed the health ministry to intensify awareness campaigns and community mobilization on prevention measures.

Since March 2014, Ebola virus has been spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three West African countries where WHO has indicated that over 11,261 Ebola-related deaths have occurred out of 27,606 confirmed cases. Enditem


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