Guinea/conversation with Mr Alpha Condé, President of Guinea
Paris, January 19, 2015
The French President talked to Mr Alpha Condé, President of Guinea. He thanked him for his message of solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in France and paid tribute to Guinea’s commitment in Mali.
Guinea is in fact preparing to increase its military contingent within the United Nations force (MINUSMA) in that country.
The Head of State welcomed the fact that, since his visit to Conakry, positive developments are being felt in West Africa in the response to the Ebola virus epidemic. Mali, for instance, has managed to get the outbreak, which appeared in November, under control.
The number of new cases in Guinea is also falling. Guinea has met two important targets set by the United Nations: to treat more than 70% of confirmed cases and ensure that more than 70% of burials are safe.
France has played its full part in the fight against Ebola in Guinea. The two training centres – in France (Nogent-le-Rotrou) and Guinea (Manéah) – have been taking in trainees since November and December. More than 150 staff have now been trained.
France is also helping equip, finance and make available medical staff for four Ebola treatment centres in Guinea (Macenta, Forécariah, Byla and Kérouané) and the treatment centre for healthcare staff in Conakry, which was opened today by M. Todeschini, Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance. Finally, French staff continue to help conduct airport checks out of Conakry Airport, in order to reduce the risk of the virus spreading internationally.
France’s action against Ebola amounts to a €113-million effort, including €85 million in Guinea./.