The plane carrying the vaccine against the Ebola epidemic which resurfaced in Guinea, landed on Monday February 22 at Conakry international airport. It was 19 hours past 51 minutes.
The plane was able to land in Conakry from Dakar, with, on board, four (4) boxes containing eleven thousand three hundred and sixty (11,360) doses of vaccine.
Having come to welcome these vaccines, the Director General of the National Agency for Health Security (ANSS), Dr Sakoba Kéita, accompanied by members of the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed his satisfaction. “These are the Ebola vaccines that arrived tonight and were due yesterday. For climatic problems, the plane could not land, so it took the intervention of many personalities for this plane to be there to send these vaccines which were long awaited and which will be used to stop the spread of this Ebola outbreak mainly in the forest region.
It is a great joy for me, on behalf of my Minister of Health, to receive this vaccine and to organize his departure for tomorrow. It is accompanied by “arecs” which are used to keep the vaccine for nearly five days and maintain the maximum temperature and, arrived in Conakry, we will put them in freezers of 70 ° and tomorrow morning so that he can do the rest of the way, ”said Doctor Sakoba Kéita.
On site, the WHO representative in Guinea officially handed over this batch of vaccine to the Director General of the ANSS, Sakoba Kéita due to the absence of the Minister of Health.
“The packages that you see last with the logo of WHO, the WHO emergency program, contain vaccines that are intended for the ongoing response to Ebola virus disease in Guinea. These vaccines were delivered through the WHO headquarters in Geneva in support also with the regional office and the manufacturer made available 11,000 doses of these vaccines to contribute to the current response in N’Zérékoré, in Gouéké and also in all the other sites where there are cases that have been suspected, ”he said.
Before adding that “This vaccine has already been used during several other epidemics, particularly in the DRC, where in recent years, more than 300,000 doses of these vaccines have been used to contain at least three (3) epidemics. of Ebola in the center of the DRC but also in North Kivu and Itouri and this made it possible to avoid the extension of these epidemics, in particular in the bordering countries ”, mentioned Dr. Georges Alfred Ki-Zerbo, WHO representative in Guinea.
The arrival of these 11,360 doses of vaccine will finally allow the launch of the vaccination campaign which has already taken 24 hours late. The city of Conakry will be concerned in priority by the vaccinations which could start this Tuesday, February 23. At the same time, a quantity will be immediately shipped to the town of Gouéké in the Nzérékoré region, the epicenter of this new epidemic.
Author: Mamadou Samba Barry (correspondent) Conakry – 7sur7.be
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