'Seal off Ebola-hit regions'
Guinea: West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations — Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world’s worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control.
A worker of Monrovia City Corporation sprays disinfectant on the streets to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia. Pic/AP
The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning Ebola could cause “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread.
“We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 per cent of the epidemic. These areas will be isolated by police and military.
The people in these areas will be provided with material support,” said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders launched a $100 million action plan. The three countries will also bolster efforts to prevent and detect suspected cases, urge better border surveillance, and reinforce the WHO’s sub-regional outbreak coordination centre in Guinea.