WHO ensures ‘best care’ for Ebola affected health workers

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday ensured that it will provide best care to its Ebola-affected health workers in Sierra Leone as possible, including the option of medical evacuation to another care facility if necessary.

Nearly 400 people from across the organisation and from partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network has been deployed by WHO to help respond to the disease in four west African countries, since the beginning of the international response to the outbreak in March, as reported by Xinhua.

Ebola virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids and people giving care or working around infected patients are known to be a high-risk group, according to WHO.

Britain has evacuated its national, who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, by flying him back to Britain on a Royal Air Force jet.

The unidentified patient, who worked as a healthcare worker, had tested positive for Ebola virus infection last week.

As many as 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease as well as 84 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone last week, WHO said.

In Guinea, where the epidemic started, the toll is 406 while in Sierra Leone, 392 have succumbed to the haemorrhagic fever. Five deaths have been witnessed in Nigeria so far.

In December 2013, an outbreak of Ebola virus disease began in Guinea, leading to an epidemic in West Africa after it spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.