Update on Ebola Outbreak


Published Thursday, December 11, 2014

Healix is closely monitoring the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and is sending regular updates and advice to our clients as the outbreak continues.


Update:

  • Sierra Leone will launch a two-week lockdown in the Eastern district of Kono to control the rapid spread of Ebola. People will be allowed to move about within the district but not enter or leave until December 23rd.
  • Junior doctors in Sierra Leone have gone on strike seeking the promise of better medical care should they contract the virus. Senior doctors have not gone on strike and the government's chief medical officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, said he saw no disruption in medical service after a tour of the main government hospitals in the capital of Freetown.
  • The rate of new cases reported in Liberia has decreased since mid-September but the country still records 12 new cases a day. Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has announced a new campaign entitled "Ebola Must Go," which focuses on the community's role in ending the outbreak by observing health protocols and helping care for children whose caregivers have died. Kevin De Cock, the doctor leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola effort in Liberia stresses that just because the rate of new cases is on the decline, the fight to contain the virus is not over yet. 

Clinics and Facilities Status in Affected Areas
Healix is in direct communication with those medical facilities that are still operating in the impacted regions. Please contact Healix directly for further information on the readiness of medical facilities in these areas.

Country Travel Advice Status
Sierra Leone:     Warning Level 3 - Healix Recommend "Avoid Non-Essential Travel"
Guinea:              Warning Level 3 - Healix Recommend "Avoid Non-Essential Travel"
Liberia:               Warning Level 3 - Healix Recommend "Avoid Non-Essential Travel"
Mali:                   Alert Level 2 - Healix Recommend "Practice Enhanced Precautions"

Infectious Disease and Pandemic Planning for your organization
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Please visit the Healix International Ebola site for further information, updates and precautions.



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