The World Health Organization in conjunction with its partners and the Government of Senegal has begun an awareness campaign via text message to ensure that the nation remains Ebola free. Here is an update on the day’s news:
- The Liberian Observer reports that the Senator of Bong County, Jewel Howard Taylor, has proposed the extension of Liberia’s state of emergency which was declared on the 6th of August 2014 by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in response to the Ebola outbreak. The current state of emergency is scheduled to expire on the 12th of November 2014. Critics have claimed that calls for extensions are merely an attempt to further delay the upcoming Senatorial Elections which have been proposed to take place on the 16th of December 2014.
- Guinéenews reports that a new treatment center is under construction in Coyah which is located 55km from the capital. The center is being built with the help of the United Nations and its affiliates.
- Media and Officials in West Africa have since the beginning of the outbreak warned about con-artists claiming to be scientists or healers attempting to sell false Ebola treatments and cures. The latest substance being shopped around is a product called ‘Miracle Mineral Supplement’ also known as ‘Master Mineral Supplement’ or ‘MMS’. The solution contains 28% Sodium Chlorite which is the same ingredient used in bleach but at a much higher concentration. The substance has been presented as beneficial for a variety of other ailments and diseases including HIV. Many health organizations have warned against the substance which can cause nausea, diarrhea and vomiting among more serious side-effects like renal failure and have also stated that MMS as a product serves no medical purpose. Chlorine dioxide, which is generated from Sodium Chlorite is used for the purification of water but at much lower concentrations. Some have also suggested that an ALS drug under development was merely a Sodium Chlorite formulation but trials have not proven this to be true. In most countries it is illegal to market, provide or encourage the use of any unapproved substance as a medicine which includes MMS.