Mareeg.com- President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who is at the moment in the United States while attending the US-Africa Leaders Summit said no more troops from AMISOM are needed to join the AMISOM operation in Somalia amid fears of Ebola virus in west Africa states.
He said until further notice troops that would join
the AMISOM operation from that country will be halted. So far the Ebola virus which
is rife in west Africa at the moment killed 887 persons. According to WHO, Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in
Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a
village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.
However, since the onset of the disease outbreak, it has claimed
the lives of many people in many countries in Africa spreading from central Africa
to east Africa and from central Africa to West Africa. The countries include DRC,
Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Gabon and Ivory Coast.
Signs and symptoms of Ebola typically begin abruptly
within five to 10 days of infection with early signs and symptoms including fever,
severe headache, joint and muscle aches, chills and weakness. Meanwhile, over time,
symptoms become increasingly severe and may include nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea
which may be bloody, red eyes, raised rash, chest pain and cough, stomach pain,
severe weight loss, bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising while people near death may bleed from other
orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum and internal bleeding.
According to WHO, standard precautions are recommended in the care and
treatment of all patients regardless of their perceived or confirmed infectious
status. They include the basic level of infection control—hand hygiene, use of
personal protective equipment to avoid direct contact with blood and body
fluids, prevention of needle stick and injuries from other sharp instruments,
and a set of environmental controls.
By Aden Mohamed Warsame