IOM Guinea conducts public health surveillance training following Ebola death

IOM Guinea conducts public health surveillance training following Ebola death. | Courtesy of IOM
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Tuesday that it has taken part in efforts to help prevent further spread of the Ebola virus (EVD) in Guinea through the establishment of a health screening station. 

The station is located in Tana, a village in Guinea. Tana recently reported a fatality associated with the Ebola virus. Agents from IOM have been trained in the health screening process and monitoring methods for population movements. In addition to screening efforts, IOM staff will be taking part in door-to-door medical screenings and will be spreading awareness concerning prevention tactics, to combat the spread of the virus.

“To support the Guinean government in its fight against EVD, IOM has established health screening points in border areas and mobility hotspots such as markets, where all passersby have their temperatures checked and are asked to give information on their movements,” IOM Guinea Chief of Mission Kalba Amihere said. “For example, IOM undertakes health screening for each person going to Tana market and the surrounding villages.”

This effort is part of a larger cooperative response effort lead by the Prefectural Emergency Operations Center of Forecariah, UNICEF, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Guinean officials state that those who live in the observation zone should restrict movements for a 21-day period in order to receive medical follow-up and sensitization to help early detection efforts.

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