The Sudanese authorities have prohibited local media from covering any news related to the Ebola virus. Press sources who asked not to be mentioned for security reasons confirmed to APA on Saturday that the security authorities have circulated warning to all media outlets not to publish any news or articles related to the transmission of the Ebola virus in Sudan. The prohibition came after local media reported on some suspected cases of Ebola in the west of Sudan. The Minister of Health Affairs for the Darfur Regional Authority, Firdos Abdel Rahman Yousif denied reports of the deadly Ebola virus disease in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur State. The Sudan News Agency quoted the minister as saying the suspected case had come from Abeche in Chad. The patient suffered from hemorrhagic fever, began taking treatment from the health center, and was then transferred to a hospital in El Geneina, she claimed. The Ebola epidemic has killed over 1, 400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since its outbreak in West Africa in February. Over 2, 500 people are infected by the virus in the region according to the World Health Organization.
Healthcare workers strike: Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone over pay and poor working conditions. “The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools,” Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the Kenema clinic in the country’s east, said. Mr. Mehemoh said clothing to protect health workers being infected was inadequate and there was only one broken stretcher to carry both patients and corpses, increasing the risk of infection. In a further sign of strained resources, nurses and members of the burial team at Kenema said the government had stopped paying their wages of $US50 a week. Sierra Leone has only one other Ebola treatment centre, however the World Health Organization (WHO) shut the laboratory this week and withdrew staff from the Kailahun facility after one of its health workers caught the virus there. The country’s government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history which has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate of infection still rising. – Extinction Protocol
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