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UNICEF, WHO and Red Cross Joined Hands to Spread Awareness of Ebola in West African Countries


Ebola death count has increased the 121 in West Africa as per the World Health Organisation’s latest update. Panic prevails as Ebola has previously attacked only East and Central Africa. Further as this deadly virus does not have any cure or vaccine it has caused fear among the people of West African countries.


In spite of the efforts of health workers to contain the disease, it is spreading rapidly. Liberia and Senegal has closed border with Guinea which is the worst affected and reports the highest death numbers. With over 10 people showing symptoms of this deadly virus in Mali, their blood samples were sent for testing to US and it has come out negative as per the Health Minister of Mali, Ousmane Kone. With over 200 more people suspected to be effected by this deadly virus, Guinea is facing an epidemic and health workers report that it could take months before it is contained.

Culturally Sensible Ebola Communication Programs will be developed by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministers of Health in the West African countries. UNICEF’s principal adviser for Child Survival and Development, Guido Borghese said in a press meet that it is very difficult to contain the rumours and fears that are spreading more than the virus itself. He further added that in these testing times the families should be provided with the right information to protect them and also prevent themselves from dangerous misunderstandings.

Along with the Red Cross and the World Health Organisation, UNICEF is creating programs which include radio shows, text messaging and TV programs to reach people and provide them real information on Ebola. These programs will be telecasted in Guinea, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Cote d’lcire. He further added that every appropriate means of communication is used to reach maximum number of people and measures are taken to reach them in local language so as to save lives and avoid further spread of virus.

Borghese said, in spite of the fact that the virus kills more people, the risk is multifold that when there is a lack of information among the people and spread of inaccurate information or rumours. There is no vaccine or cure for this disease and hence people suspected with symptoms should be immediately brought to health centres to increases the chance of survival he added.

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