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Hohoe Paramount Chief welcomes Ebola vaccine trial in his town

The Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area, Togbe Gabusu, says his Chiefs in Hohoe support the much talked about Ebola vaccine trial to be held in the municipality. According to Togbe Gabusu the Chiefs of Hohoe in the Volta Region are not against the exercise, considering that there have been a National Research Centre in Hohoe for over the past ...

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Ebola crisis prompts $100m WHO emergency fund

The World Health Organization is to set up a $100m (£63m) emergency contingency fund following the Ebola outbreak, its director-general has announced. Speaking in Geneva, Margaret Chan said the WHO had been overwhelmed by the epidemic in West Africa. She said the demands were more than 10 times greater than anything else it had experienced. The Ebola outbreak was first ...

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WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia free of the Ebola virus, as the country has had no new cases in 42 days. Last September, Liberia was seeing 400 cases a week, with hospitals full and bodies lying in the streets. A public health campaign was launched to stem the epidemic, and the last confirmed death was on 27 ...

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Ghana: Vodafone supports Ebola call centre

The Vodafone Ghana Foundation is set to collaborate with Ghana Health Services (GHS) and Vantage Medical Solutions, with support from World Health Organisation (WHO), to launch a ‘health-worker-to-health worker’ call service regarding Ebola. According to the company, the call centre will be utilised in order to provide health workers with access to technical advice, guidance, information, and support from trained ...

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Ebola drug cures infected monkeys

An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa. All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days. Scientists cautioned ...

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AfDB provides additional $300m financial support to Ebola affected countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced an additional $300 million financial support to the three countries hard hit by the Ebola disease. The countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been ravaged by the Ebola disease since it broke out. President of the Bank, Donald Kaberuka made the announcement at the ongoing World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC, USA. ...

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Ebola volunteers in Ghana to receive state honours – Mahama

Ghanaian volunteers who contributed to the African Union interventions in the Ebola hit countries are to receive state honours, President John Mahama has announced. All 45 health workers have since returned to Ghana and have been declared Ebola free after a period of quarantine. President John Mahama announced government’s decision to honour them during a meeting with the Council of ...

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Prez Mahama pushes for debt cancellation for Ebola stricken countries

The Chairman of Ecowas, President John Dramani Mahama has called on international donor bodies to cancel debts of all Ebola stricken countries to strengthen their chances of recovery. Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) has begun processes to approve the formation of an international crisis management team to curtail the spread of deadly diseases like Ebola in the future. TV3’s Presidential ...

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140 suspected Ebola cases since March 2014 tested negative

A total of 140 suspected Ebola cases in the country tested between March last year to date at the Noguchi Memorial Institute proved negative, the in-coming Minister of Health, Mr. Alex Segbefia, has said. He said despite this encouraging situation, the Ebola threat to the country still remains high since Ghana is located in the midst of countries that had ...

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Guinea declares Ebola ‘health emergency’ in five regions

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola. The restrictions include the quarantining of hospitals and clinics where new cases are detected, new rules on burials and possible lockdowns. The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013. In January, the World Health Organization reported ...

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