Responding to COVID-19 in Guinea

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started taking care of patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on April 28 at the Nongo Epidemic Treatment Center in Conakry. More than 80 patients are already hospitalised. The Nongo Epidemic Treatment Center (CTEpi Nongo) is a well-known structure of MSF. The humanitarian organization had in fact set up this center with its own funds in 2015 during the Ebola epidemic which had severely affected Guinea. "To face with the new COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting Guinea, we have rehabilitated a good part of the structure to bring it up to standard and welcome the first patients" explains KEÏTA Guéya Bonaventure, Technical and Logistics Coordinator of MSF in Guinea. "The establishment of this care unit was urgent given the congestion at Donka hospital. First, we can provide care for patients with mild symptoms of the disease but who require hospitalisation. " Initial support of three months is planned by MSF for the Nongo site.
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Guinea is among the African countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 2,900 confirmed cases and 19 deaths reported. In the capital, Conakry, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has converted a former Ebola treatment center into a place to treat COVID-19 patients. The newly opened center will receive patients with moderate symptoms of the virus, as there is no available equipment or expertise to be able to treat severe cases, for now. The health system in Guinea remains very fragile since the devastating West Africa Ebola outbreak of 2014-15. MSF will also continue to provide support to the health system so that people suffering from malaria, measles, HIV, and other illnesses will still be able to receive care.