Government strengthens measures against Ebola in Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Senegalese government is taking necessary measures to check the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, President Macky Sall stated Monday, assuring that vital medical services have been mobilised to prevent a recurrence of the disease.

Senegal confirmed its first EVD case last week, when a 21-year-old Guinean student came to Dakar on holiday. He was immediately admitted to hospital and his family members placed under medical surveillance.

Speaking at the Presidential Palace, Sall called on the population to show “solidarity and cohesion” in the struggle against the deadly disease.

Measures taken by the authorities against EVD include sensitization of the public through television spots, interactive programmes and advertisement campaigns advising the population to maintain hygiene, “particularly by washing their hands with soap.”

President Sall advised the media to be careful when reporting on EVD and avoid spreading rumors that can cause undue fear among people.

He also called on religious, political and trade union leaders to play their part in combating the Ebola virus.