Ecuador: Resources invested to avoid the entry of ebola, despite low risk

Posted on October 14, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador, Latin America Health

Ecuador invests resources to avoid the entry of ebola, despite low risk

Quito, Oct. 14 (Andes) –Health Minister of Ecuador, Carina Vance, said the risk of Ebola in Ecuador is low, however the government is taking all the measures proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the entry of the virus that has killed more than 4,000 people so far.

The spread of Ebola since August has been declared as a public health emergency of international significance, according to WHO, therefore, Ecuador´s contingency plan is based on the guidelines of this organization, the minister said in an interview with Ecuador TV.

Ecuador has a suitable ambulance for transporting suspected cases.

“We made an investment of $ 300,000 in hospital Pablo Arturo Suarez (the largest of Quito),” confirmed Vance, money that will allow treating possible cases and strengthening the health system.


The head of this Ministry said it sent a statement to the Health Committee of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) requesting a high-level meeting in the coming days. The intention is to know what support can be provided as a block to African countries.

On Tuesday, the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) will hold a meeting in New York to address the spread of this virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people mainly in West Africa. While the health ministers of the European Union will meet in Brussels on Thursday.

In the most affected countries, Liberia takes the head with 4,076 cases registered, 2,316 of which have been fatal.

In Sierra Leone there have been 2,950 cases and 930 deaths.

In Guinea, where the epidemic originated December 2013, there were 1,350 cases and 778 deaths.

The second group, Nigeria, remains unchanged with 20 cases and eight deaths. Read Article

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