European health officials to visit countries most affected by Ebola

EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides | European Commission

Two leading European Union health officials announced this week they will start a four-day visit to countries most affected by the virus.

EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides and Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis began the trip on Nov. 12 and will conclude on Nov. 16 visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The European Commission said the purpose of the trip is to get a “first-hand” assessment of the needs, to learn if priorities need to be adjusted and determine how Europe will coordinate dealing with the Ebola virus.

“This is a sign of the political commitment of the European Commission to help bring to an end to the Ebola epidemic which has already claimed more than 5,000 lives,” the commission stated.

This week Andriukaitis launched a new platform that enables a quick exchange of information on treatment and prevention of Ebola. Titled “Ebola Communication Platform for Clinicians,” the online platform will bring hospitals and physicians together to help treat Ebola patients across the European Union, the commission said.

The platform was developed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and will work to link the expertise on treating Ebola patients with health care specialists. This will allow the sharing of case experiences regarding Ebola patients who are hospitalized in the European Union, the commission said.

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