As of 13 September 2015, Guinea had gone 13 consecutive days without a confirmed case of Ebola – the longest period since the start of the outbreak. For the month of September 2015, only one confirmed case was reported. As of 14 September 2015, a single Ebola patient remains hospitalized in Guinea. The number of confirmed cases this week remains at 3,338.
While there were no new confirmed cases in Guinea this week, one case was confirmed in Bombali in Sierra Leone. This village is 2 kilometers from Guinean border, near Kindia. Consequently, the prefectures of Kindia and Mamou are now on alert in case people who have been in contact with the victim cross the border. UNICEF and social mobilization partners have increased sensitization activities about Ebola prevention.
Ratoma in Conakry is the only remaining “active” area in Guinea, meaning that it is only in Ratoma that there has been a confirmed case during the past 21 days.
UNICEF procured 2.7 million doses of the polio vaccine as part of the vaccination campaign mounted in response to the confirmed case of the vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in Mali. The case concerns a 19-month-old Guinean boy from Siguiri who tested positive for the disease in Bamako. He had been brought to the Malian capital for medical care after where he developing paralysis in July 2015.
UNICEF continued its Ebola-related social mobilization activities in Boffa, Boké, Conakry, Coyah, Dubréka, Forécariah, Fria, and Kindia this week, conducting door-to-door visits to 40,127 households.
UNICEF Guinea’s education, communication for development (C4D), child survival and development, child protection and supply sections are supporting the Education Cluster’s back-to-school campaign. Schools are expected to recommence on 5 October 2015.