|Description:||This photograph was captured by Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) team member, and EIS Officer, Dr. Heidi Soeters during Guineas 2014 Ebola outbreak, and depicts a World Health Organization (WHO) staff member who was also deployed to the West African region, as he was conducting a class in how to properly don personal protective equipment (PPE). The Guinean healthcare worker at right had dressed in a PPE uniform, which included disposable head covering, a transparent face shield, facemask, disposable shirt, apron, and gloves, and though not visible here, rubber boots. The Guinean woman in the middle was reading from a manual, instructing the healthcare worker as he was dressing. She in turn, was being overseen by the WHO instructor on the left, who appeared to be correcting her instructions. The seriousness of correctly wearing appropriate PPE cannot be overstated.|
The following was excerpted from an article posted by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
These photos are from our International Infection Control Team, and depict their work in NZérékoré and Macenta, Guinea. Theyre supporting infection control improvements in health facilities by providing infection control, and prevention training, to front line health care workers.
To date, Guinea has had over 2,400 confirmed Ebola cases, 126 of which have been among healthcare workers.
The initial training is planned to reach the nearly 2,000 healthcare workers in three of Guineas prefectures with the highest rates of Ebola NZérékoré, Macenta, and Kerouane before expanding to other parts of the country.
CDC staff will be in West Africa continuing to fight the Ebola epidemic until the last spark is extinguished. The vulnerability of any country is our vulnerability as well.