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  • Gabon - Port-Gentil: rumor of Ebola outbreak, the government communicates - negative

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    Port-Gentil: rumor about the Ebola outbreak, the government finally communicates!

    Gabon Media Time -October 28, 2019 at 21h22min 0

    The news spread on Monday, October 28, 2019 as a wildfire on social networks about the alleged cases of Ebola virus infection in Port-Gentil in the province of Ogooue-Maritime. Information swept shyly by the back of the hand by the Ministry of Health, which through a communiqué reached Gabon Media Time , while reassuring the people of the economic capital announced that emergency measures have been taken very early to prevent a possible infectious disease while the facts date from Thursday, October 24 last. In extenso the statement of the Ministry of Health.

    " Sanitary situation of the boat Sandra TIDE

    The SANDRA TIDE, a Crew boat, used to supply oil rigs, left Douala on October 21, 2019 for Pointe-Noire in Congo. On 24 October 2011 he issued distress signals off the coast of Gabon, from which the intervention of the maritime authorities allowed the evacuation of the Captain of the ship and his deputy who are in a critical health situation. There were eight (8) crew members on board, including two (02) of Philippine nationality (the Captain and his deputy), five (5) of Cameroonian nationality and one (01) of Ghanaian nationality.

    Upon notification by the Epidemiology Base of the Marine Health Region (Port-Gentil), in charge of health surveillance,of the death of the ship's captain and the hospitalization of his deputy in a coma in the ICU resuscitation ward. hospital, the Minister of Health convened a crisis unit in the presence of the Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 26, 2019, after which it was decided to dispatch the same day on Port-Gentil, a rapid response team. Upon arrival, the latter joined the multi-sectoral crisis team set up by the Governor of the province of Ogooué Maritime.

    From their initial evaluation, it appears that the index case occurred outside the community, which limits the spread of a possible infectious disease.

    The list of contact persons (medical staff and seafarers) who have approached the patients has been carefully established and daily monitoring is carried out. The vessel was evacuated, disinfected, and other crew members were observed, three of whom (03) were finally hospitalized for various symptoms (hiccups, fatigue, diarrhea), but without no fever.

    Samples of patients' biological fluids, drinking water, sewage, food remains found on board the boat, as well as the swabbing of the air conditioning ducts were carried out. All these samples will be analyzed by the International Center for Medical Research of Franceville (CIRMF).

    Following the inspection of the vessel, the foodstuffs and all the waste found on board were destroyed by a special unit of the hygiene and sanitation service, which also ensures incineration of personal protective equipment and all equipment used during various interventions requiring contact with patients.

    This first report was released today, 28 October 2019, to a multisectoral platform in the presence of the WHO Representative. Representatives of the Merchant Navy, the Military Health Services, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Infectiologists and Biologists are present at this Crisis Staff.

    In anticipation of the results of the CIRMF, which alone will specify the infectious origin or not of the troubles suffered by the crew of SANDRA TIDE, multisectoral coordination chaired by the Governor of the province of Ogooué Maritime, which we welcome the diligence, has control of the situation. The following recommendations were made:

    Strengthening epidemiological surveillance in all health facilities in Port-Gentil; regular follow-up of all the contacts contacts listed; rigorous application of personal protection measures by all health professionals in contact with the patients urgent transportation by air (Helicopter) of the samples taken.

    Additional information will be provided as the situation evolves, particularly as soon as the results of the CIRMF analyzes reach us.

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    https://www.gabonmediatime.com/port-...munique-enfin/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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    OFFICIAL PORTAL OF THE GABONESE GOVERNMENT

    ...
    Ministry of Health press release


    Libreville, October 28, 2019 - The SANDRA TIDE, a Crew boat, used to supply oil rigs, left Douala October 21, 2019 for Pointe-Noire in Congo. On 24 October 2019, he issued distress signals off Gabon's coast, prompting the intervention of the maritime authorities to evacuate the ship's Captain and his deputy who were in a critical health situation. There were eight (8) crew members on board, including two (02) of Philippine nationality (the Captain and his deputy), five (05) of Cameroonian nationality and one (01) of Ghanaian nationality.

    Upon notification by the Epidemiological Basis of the Maritime Health Region (Port-Gentil), in charge of health surveillance, the death of the ship's captain and the hospitalization of his deputy in a coma in the ICU resuscitation ward. hospital, the Minister of Health convened a crisis unit in the presence of the Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 26, 2019, after which it was decided to dispatch the same day on Port-Gentil, a rapid response team. Upon arrival, the latter joined the multi-sectoral crisis team set up by the Governor of the province of Ogooué Maritime.

    From their initial evaluation, it appears that the index case occurred outside the community, which limits the spread of a possible infectious disease. The list of contact persons (medical staff and seafarers) who have approached the patients has been carefully established and daily monitoring is carried out.

    The vessel was evacuated, disinfected, and other crew members were observed, three of whom (03) were finally hospitalized for various symptoms (hiccups, fatigue, diarrhea), but without no fever.

    Samples of patients' biological fluids, drinking water, sewage, food remains found on board the boat, as well as the swabbing of the air conditioning ducts were carried out. All these samples will be analyzed by the International Center for Medical Research of Franceville (CIRMF).

    Following the inspection of the vessel, the foodstuffs and all the waste found on board were destroyed by a special unit of the hygiene and sanitation service, which also ensures incineration of personal protective equipment and all equipment used during various interventions requiring contact with patients.

    This first report was released today, 28 October 2019, to a multisectoral platform in the presence of the WHO Representative. The representatives of the Merchant Navy, the Military Health Services, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Infectiologists and Biologists were present at this Crisis Staff.

    Pending the results of the CIRMF, which alone will tell us the infectious origin or not of the troubles suffered by the crew of SANDRA TIDE, multisectoral coordination chaired by the Governor of the province of Ogooué Maritime, which we welcome the diligence, has control of the situation.

    The following recommendations were made:
    • strengthening epidemiological surveillance in all Port-Gentil health facilities;
    • regular follow-up of all the contacts contacts listed;
    • the rigorous application of personal protection measures by all health professionals in contact with patients;
    • the urgent transportation by air (Helicopter) of the samples taken.

    Additional information will be provided as the situation evolves, particularly as soon as the results of the CIRMF analyzes reach us.




    Published on: 28/10/2019

    http://www.gouvernement.ga/3-actuali...e-de-la-sante/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
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      "Gabon is one of the two African countries best equipped to fight Ebola," says a researcher from the Institut Pasteur

      By Albertine Ondo - October 29, 2019

      With South Africa, Gabon is the only country on the African continent to house a laboratory that can treat the most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.

      "It's just a rumor today," say the authorities. " But if the presence of the Ebola virus were confirmed one day, we would be ready anyway," says a P4 researcher, a highly secure laboratory created to treat the most dangerous viruses including Ebola.

      While a rumor about the possible presence of the virus in Gabon has spread in recent days (read our article), the researchers of this laboratory located away from the main buildings of the International Center for Medical Research Franceville (CIRMF) , chief town of Haut-Ogooué in the south-east of the country, are serene.

      "It is forbidden to photograph or film it. And only three researchers and a technician are authorized to enter through a dedicated access badge , " says Illich Mombo, virologist and responsible for this laboratory placed under video surveillance.

      " Between the arrival of a suspect sample and the results of the diagnosis, it takes on average 24 to 48 hours, " according to Illich Mombo.

      When he enters it to "inactivate" suspicious and dangerous viruses - including Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Dr. Mombo wears a combination that protects him from head to toe. It will then be destroyed, once his work is finished, says AFP in a report published last year. Draconian measures to avoid any risk of contamination with potentially devastating effects.

      "Ebola has no chance of spreading to Gabon beyond a few isolated cases"

      On the African continent, only CIRMF and a Johannesburg research center have a laboratory of this type. What makes this researcher at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, a specialist in tropical diseases and viruses, that " Gabon is one of the two African countries best equipped to fight against Ebola. "

      Created in 1979 by former President Omar Bongo Ondimba to study low fertility in his country, the CIRMF has since expanded its activities to research against AIDS, malaria, cancer, viruses and tropical diseases. which, according to WHO, affect one billion people worldwide.

      It is financed by the Gabonese state, as well as by French cooperation. Its reputation attracts many researchers, students and trainees from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

      "If the presence of the Ebola virus has no chance to spread in Gabon beyond a few isolated cases, it continues to rage in Africa and especially in Central Africa," notes the researcher of the Pasteur Institute. Since its appearance in August 2018 in eastern DRC (North Kivu and Ituri), the virus has killed more than 2,000 people. A few months earlier, a hundred fatal cases had been detected in the west of the country.

      https://lalibreville.com/le-gabon-es...titut-pasteur/


      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
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        Suspicion of Ebola in Port-Gentil: The crew had been forced to drink a mysterious product

        post by Griffin Ondo Nzuey / in SOCIÉTÉ /October 30, 2019

        While the results of the CIRMF analyzes are expected for Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gabon reveals that during his brief meeting with a doctor in Port-Gentil, Sandra Tide's deputy captain who is currently in a coma claimed that the crew had been forced to drink a mysterious "product", probably causing the death of the ship's captain.

        It should be known in the coming hours whether the 8 members of the Sandra Tide crew whose captain, a Filipino, has died have been infected with the Ebola virus or some other disease. The national representation of the WHO informs that the International Center for Medical Research Franceville (CIRMF) should deliver its preliminary results on Wednesday, October 30.

        But in the meantime, the UN organization reveals in its Epidemiological Survey Report "a new element in history" . It tends to suggest that the death of the captain of the ship and the coma in which his assistant is currently plunged have been knowingly provoked, probably by some or all of the crew members.

        "The Mandji Clinic's doctor who first received the 2 Filipino patients led by the Navy, points out that during his brief interrogation with the deputy commander, the latter allegedly said:" They told us forced to drink a product, and after the commander fell. Not having any intensive care unit, the doctor referred them to the Tchengué Hospital , " reports the WHO.

        Five days after the incident, the WHO informed that among the remaining six crew members, the health status of the three patients evacuated from the ship on 27 October had improved: "Their vital parameters are normal; 'feed normally, no symptoms, their routine biological examinations are normal' . As for the three non-sick, they have no abnormality.

        In the light of the new elements, the case should interest the judicial authorities of Port-Gentil. In particular, they should be interested in the 6 crew members, 5 of whom are Cameroonian nationals and one of Ghanaian nationality.

        https://www.gabonreview.com/blog/sou...rieux-produit/
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
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          Sandra Tide case: No Ebola virus in Port-Gentil!

          31-10-2019

          The Ebola trail is definitely out of the question of the suffering suffered by the sailors of the boat Sandra Tide, landed in Port-Gentil on October 24th. It is in an unambiguous statement that the Ministry of Health said on Thursday, October 31, 2019, that " none of the sampling of the passengers of the ship reveals an Ebola virus infection ".

          A diagnosis made by the International Center for Medical Research of Franceville (CIRMF). Which had been solicited in the hours that followed the landing this crew Port-Gentil.

          " Of the 8 members landed, two died, including the captain and his deputy, and the other sailors, three of whom were hospitalized for minor symptoms, are out of danger ", reassures the statement signed by the Minister of Health, Max Limoukou .

          " All subjects who have been in contact with the sailors are regularly monitored. They are all in good health, "says the ministerial note.

          The rumor of a contamination of sailors with the Ebola virus finds here its epilogue. And with it, that of a possible presence of the virus on Gabonese soil.

          The Ministry of Health has indicated that " other bacteriological and toxicological analyzes are in progress ". Apparently to determine exactly the causes of the malaise of the crew of Sandra Tide, from Yaoundé (Cameroon) to Pointe-Noire (Congo). Finally, the Health Department calls for hygiene, sanitation and biosafety measures to be maintained as part of health surveillance.

          Freddy Eyogue

          https://www.agpgabon.ga/societe-cult...a--Port-Gentil
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
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            None of the samples taken from the passengers of the SANDRA TIDE ship reveals any Ebola virus infection


            Libreville, October 31, 2019 - The Ministry of Health informed the national and international community of the sanitary situation of the ship SANDRA TIDE, which had to dock in Port-Gentil urgently because of the critical health situation of the members of its crew.

            The deployment of a rapid response team at the scene, supported by the multi-sectoral crisis unit set up and coordinated by the Governor of the province of Ogooué Maritime, made it possible to quickly monitor the situation.

            To date, of the eight crew members landed at Port-Gentil, two have died, including the captain of the ship and his deputy. The first died in the hours following his transfer to hospital and the second, who was in a coma died yesterday at 22:43. The other six sailors, three of whom were hospitalized for minor symptoms, are out of danger and are doing well. All subjects who have been in contact with the sailors are regularly monitored. They are all healthy.

            The results given by the International Center for Medical Research of Franceville (CIRMF) are formal: none of the samples taken from the passengers of the SANDRA TIDE ship reveals any Ebola virus infection . Nevertheless, other bacteriological and toxicological analyzes are in progress. Their results will be covered by routine medical management, if necessary. However, the application of hygiene, sanitation and biosecurity measures remains in place as well as the maintenance of health surveillance in this region.

            At the diplomatic level, the consular services of countries whose nationals are nationals were seized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, the services of the Merchant Navy and the Ministry of the Interior will be able to carry out the routine investigations that this type of situation requires.

            Also, let us salute the work done with professionalism by all the medical, administrative, civil and military teams that worked to secure the sailors and control the sanitary situation of SANDRA TIDE. We are delighted, once again, to have in Gabon one of the few P4 laboratories in Africa because the contribution of the CIRMF is always decisive in case of suspicion of infectious disease with high contagiousness, by the quality and speed of results of their analyzes. We express our gratitude to the entire Government, the staff of all the ministries that collaborate and contribute to the good management of this health emergency and to the World Health Organization for its involvement in this matter.

            Finally, we thank the Governor of the Province of Ogooué Maritime for the good coordination of the teams on the ground and the populations of Port-Gentil and the rest of the country, for their confidence and especially, for their calm despite all the rumors that circulating.

            Dr. Max Limoukou, Minister of Health

            Posted on: 31/10/2019

            http://www.gouvernement.ga/3-actuali...a-virus-ebola/
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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