Ivory Coast: A case of Ebola detected, “immediately taken care of”, assures the Minister of Health

The Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Health Coverage, Mr. Pierre N’gou Dimba said this Saturday, August 14, 2021, that a case of Ebola was detected in Côte d’Ivoire. In the press release he read on the 8 p.m. set of the public television channel, he also reassured Ivorians about the immediate care of the patient.

This is a case imported from Guinea. The person concerned is a young Guinean who arrived in Abidjan to see her fiancé. She would have arrived by road at the same time that the borders are closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Once the case was detected, she was also taken care of and isolated at the Chu de Cocody (Pasteur Institute).

According to the ministerPierre N’gou Dimba, his first contacts were isolated. The minister in charge of health reassured that Côte d’Ivoire has an Ebola vaccine. Thus the first contacts and the medical personnel involved in this case will be vaccinated.

It should be noted that as part of the prevention of Ebola virus disease in Côte d’Ivoire, WHO has strengthened the capacities of front-line health workers in the Tonpki health region, in the West. And this, through two training workshops for health workers, on April 27, 2021, on case management and epidemiological surveillance of Ebola virus disease.

Note that the Ebola virus disease epidemic resurfaced in Guinea on February 14, 2021, in the Prefecture of N’Zérékoré. A region located 133 kilometers from Danané to the south and 105 kilometers from Sipilou to the north.

According to WHO, this geographical and health situation constitutes a real threat for the population of this zone which has twelve (12) regions and 34 health districts but also for the whole of Côte d’Ivoire, in a context where challenges related to the monitoring are obvious.



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