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Jul 31, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola virus spreads, peace corps leaves 3 countries

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 31, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools, considers quarantine to curb Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools, quarantines communities in bid to halt Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia announced on Wednesday the quarantine of a number of communities and the closure of schools across the country, the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the measures, part of an action plan that included placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.

Jul 30, 2014

Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

DAKAR (Reuters) – An isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and health workers are being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes, government officials said on Wednesday.

Protests by the local community against the construction of a new isolation unit at Elwa Hospital have ended, said Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant minister of health, but patients with Ebola symptoms will have to wait at home until work is finished.

Jul 9, 2014

Dutch special forces in Mali tackle changing threat: minister

DAKAR (Reuters) – Dutch troops have joined a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali to meet a growing security threat from the region to the Netherlands, and Europe as a whole that “softer” approaches can no longer contain, the Dutch foreign minister said.

The Netherlands has deployed some 450 Special Forces troops, intelligence operatives and attack helicopters to a U.N. force rolling out across northern Mali, where al Qaeda-linked Islamists occupied swathes of the country before being driven back last year by French troops.

Jun 23, 2014

West African Ebola epidemic “out of control” – aid group

ACCRA/DAKAR, June 23 (Reuters) – An Ebola epidemic in
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is out of control and requires
massive resources from governments and aid agencies to prevent
it spreading further, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières
said on Monday.

In its latest report on the crisis, the U.N. World Health
Organisation said the regional death toll had reached 350 since
February. The crisis is already the deadliest outbreak since
Ebola first emerged in central Africa in 1976.

Jun 13, 2014

West African leaders not taking drug problem seriously enough: Annan

DAKAR (Reuters) – Governments in West Africa are not taking the challenge posed by drug trafficking seriously enough and inaction has allowed high-level criminals to escape, forcing foreign involvement, former U.N. chief Kofi Annan told Reuters.

Over the past decade, West Africa’s string of poor, weak nations have become a major transit zone for Latin American cocaine headed to Europe. The flow of Asian heroin is up and experts say there is evidence of amphetamine-type stimulants being made in and exported from the region.

Jun 12, 2014

Decriminalize drugs in West Africa to avoid failures of past: report

DAKAR (Reuters) – Governments in West Africa should decriminalize drug use and treat the issue as a health problem, because a “war on drugs” will fail in the region as it has elsewhere, a new report by regional experts said on Thursday.

The West Africa Commission on Drugs report says a time of fewer civil wars, booming economies and increased democracy risks being spoiled by the “destructive new threat” of drug trafficking.