Conakry, March 17, 2016 – ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) today reopened its emergency Ebola treatment center in N’Zérékoré, Guinea, to admit two confirmed Ebola patients. ALIMA reopened the Ebola treatment center for confirmed and suspected cases in N’Zérékoré in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
“We admitted a child and his mother from Koropara, a town located a hundred kilometers from N’Zérékoré,” said Dr. Richard Kojan, ALIMA President currently in Conakry. “We are confident this new hotspot will soon be contained as the authorities and communities are well prepared to respond to the disease.” ALIMA’s team of 29 doctors, nurses, logisticians, and experts in hygiene and sanitation are already in the country and additional staff will strengthen the team in the coming days. ALIMA works closely with the Guinean Ministry of Health, INSERM, WHO, and NIH to ensure that patients have access to the best care possible.
In Guinea, ALIMA provides medical care and psycho-social support to nearly 115 people cured of Ebola. Reopening of the Ebola treatment center in N’Zérékoré is made possible with the support of ECHO, the ELMA Foundation, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst since the identification of the virus in central Africa in 1976, began in December 2013 in Guinea. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been more than 28,000 cases of Ebola in the region with more than 11,000 deaths.
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