| Africatime
Sunday 31 August 2014
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/14)
(Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March. The epidemic has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), to call for the U.N. Security Council to...
(BBC News Africa 08/30/14)
Residents of Guinea's second-biggest city have rioted after the market was sprayed with disinfectant in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus. Health workers and the hospital in Nzerekore were attacked by people reportedly shouting: "Ebola is a lie". The exact cause of the riot is not clear - some also reportedly feared the spray would spread Ebola. Meanwhile, Senegal has confirmed its first case of Ebola - a Guinean national. The current outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea, and has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries. There have been relatively few cases in Guinea...
(Bloomberg 08/30/14)
West Africa’s Ebola outbreak spread to a fifth country as a Guinean man tested positive for the virus in Senegal, a setback in efforts to contain the worst epidemic of the illness on record. In Sierra Leone, Miatta Kargbo, the country’s health minister and coordinator in the fight against the disease that has claimed 422 deaths there, will be replaced by Abu Bakarr Fofanah, the presidential office said yesterday in a statement. The move is part of an effort to...
(The Point 08/30/14)
President John Mahama has said the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa should push African leaders to generate home-grown solutions to solve the continent's problems. He said the spread of the virus in the sub-region "must remind us of the fierce urgency to develop regional solutions to our common social problems." He was speaking at a conference of West African ministers of Health in Accra, Ghana, this week, among them the Gambian minister of Health, Dr. Omar Sey. President...
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/14)
The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea where infection rates are rising fast. The deadly virus has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak Medicines Sans Frontiers to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop the epidemic. At least 1,550 people have died of Ebola and...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/14)
Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, became the region's fifth country to confirm a case of Ebola on Friday after a student arrived from neighboring Guinea carrying the disease. Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference the young man had turned up for treatment at a hospital in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Tuesday but concealed that he had had close contact with victims in his home country. She said...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/14)
Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said on Friday. A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and knives, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order. Gunshots were fired and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
West African health ministers have called for travel restrictions imposed to combat Ebola to be lifted. The ministers followed advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) which said that the restrictions create food and supply shortages and harm efforts to contain the deadly virus. The WHO says the West Africa outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people. It has already killed more than 1,500. It says there could be four times more cases than officially registered. The WHO said it was important that airlines resume "vital" flights across the region, because travel bans were threatening efforts to beat the epidemic.
(AL Jazeera 08/29/14)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now. A new plan to stop Ebola by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported. The agency on Thursday published new figures saying that 1,552 people have died from the killer virus from...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(PANA 08/29/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Wednesday on the decline, with the BRVM index 10 dropping from 262.60 to 260.92 points, representing a fall of 0.64%. Also, the Composite BRVM index slid 0.45% to 247.14 points against 248.25 previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 638.06 million CFA francs against 652.89 million CFA francs recorded last Tuesday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6,000.58 billion CFA francs while that of the bond market reached...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola disease is likely to lead to sharply lower growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and raise financing needs in all three West African countries, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday. At least 1,500 people have died of the deadly hemorrhagic virus since it was detected in the remote jungles of southeast Guinea in March and spread quickly to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Five people have also died in...
(Punch 08/28/14)
The African Development Bank Group has announced a grant of $60m to Nigeria and three other West African countries to fight the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. President of the bank, Donald Kaberuka, and the World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding sealing the $60m bank grant to strengthen West Africa’s public health systems in response to the Ebola crisis. In a statement posted on the bank’s website on...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ACCRA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- A two-day strategic meeting by health experts from the West African sub-region commenced here Tuesday to plan and review strategies for combating the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) wreaking havoc in the sub-region. The meeting, which is a prelude to the extra-ordinary meeting of ministers of health from member-states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to be held here on Thursday under the auspices of Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who is also...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/14)
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa by chartered plane after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the employee was "feeling fine" and had been scheduled to return to the United States from West Africa anyway. The staffer's exposure was "low-risk", the CDC said in...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/14)
FREETOWN (Reuters) - The worst ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading medical charity branded the international response "entirely inadequate." As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments and economists have warned that the epidemic could crush the fragile economic gains made in Sierra Leone and Liberia following a decade of civil war in the 1990s.
(BBC News Africa 08/28/14)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control. Health ministers from across West Africa are due to meet in Ghana to discuss the growing crisis. The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed 1,427 people. The health body says it is...

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