Liberia: Guinea, Senegal Clash Over Ebola

Monday, April 14, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Emmanuel Weedee
AllAfrica.com
13 April 2014

Health Minister of Guinea has expressed serious opposition to the decision taken by neighboring Senegal to close its land borders with Guinea during the recent outbreak of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) in Guinea.

According to Dr. Remy Lamah, the closure of the borders was the least of all options that any country would have taken.

He pointed out that the closure of borders by any country poses more problems because, according to him, people who use illegal or unofficial point of entry would escalate and they wouldn’t be monitored.

The Guinea’s Health Minister was speaking Friday, April 11, 2014 at the start of a six-day Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers (AHM) hosted by Liberia.

The meeting, which is being held at the Golden Gate Hotel in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, brings together ministers of health of the West African sub-region.

The meeting is being held under the theme: “Universal Health Coverage: issues, Challenges and Opportunities.”

It can be recalled that recently, authorities in neighboring Senegal closed the land border with Guinea following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Senegalese music superstar YoussouNdour cancelled a weekend concert in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, because he feared the disease could spread in a large crowd gathered to hear him.

“Border closure has negative implication and it exposes our weak security,” said Dr. Lamah.

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