Guinean Ambassador to Liberia, Abdoulaye Dore, along with Minister Ngafuan
Envoy Gives Update On Ebola In Guinea
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, April 5 (LINA) - Guinean Ambassador to Liberia, Abdoulaye Dore, has said since the Ebola virus was discovered in Guinea in January this year, 134 cases have been reported with the death toll at 84 persons.
He said of the 134 cases, 80 cases were reported in Gueckedou, out of which there were 58 deaths, while Macenta recorded 26 cases, with 14 deaths.
He added that of the nine cases reported in Kissidougou, there were five deaths, while 15 cases were diagnosed in the capital Conakry, with four deaths recorded.
According to the Guinean envoy, of the three cases recorded in Dabola, two deaths were reported, while one person died from the disease in the town of Dinguiraye.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia Friday, Ambassador Dore said one special health center with a laboratory facility is currently being installed in Gueckedou, where Liberians and Sierra Leoneans as well as Guineans are examined and treated for the Ebola virus.
According to him, 27 medical specialists from the around the world are assigned to various regions in Guinea and that the Guinean Ministerial Commission meets daily in Conakry to study new developments and suggest positive actions for implementation.
Ambassador Dore has meanwhile lauded the Liberian Government for the actions being put in place to protect the Liberian population.
“This is clear evidence that Guinea and Liberia constitute one unified people because we share over 350 kilometers of borders, we speak five native dialects, we have the same history, the same geography. Our people live together under the banner of the Mano River Union. We are therefore not surprised at the enthusiastic solidarity being expressed,” Dore said, noting, “It is in trouble times that one gets to know his true friends.”
The Liberian Government has so far refrained from closing its border with Guinea, despite the fact that the Ebola cases in Liberia originated from that country.
Guinea’s other neighbor, Senegal, has since closed the border between the two countries.