The response to the epidemic then moved to a second phase, as the focus shifted from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.
A full Day tour takes us to Pink Lake Retba and the fisherman village of Cayar to meet the people and learn more about traditional fishing methods. Later this afternoon, we return to our hotel where we'll have dinner replete with a "naming ceremony" at the hotel. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel and have a briefing on our stay in Ghana with our guide.
A fascinating day today as we head to the beautiful Cape Coast and Elmina to visit the slave castle (The Dungeon) where the slave trade took place on the African Coast. We continue to the Ahsanti Region and Kumasi this morning, home of the West African Royalty and the home of famous Ghanaan Kinteh Cloth.
Previous outbreaks had been brought under control within a few weeks.
Extreme poverty, dysfunctional healthcare systems, distrust of government after years of armed conflict, and the delay in responding for several months, all contributed to the failure to control the epidemic.
The vaccine has not yet had regulatory approval, but it is considered to be so effective that 300,000 doses have already been stockpiled.
The 2013–2016 outbreak was the first anywhere in the world to reach epidemic proportions.Hospital workers, who worked closely with the highly contagious body fluids of the victims, were especially vulnerable to contracting the virus; in August 2014, the WHO reported that ten percent of the dead had been healthcare workers.In September 2014, it was estimated that the affected countries' capacity for treating Ebola patients was insufficient by the equivalent of 2,122 beds; however, by December 2014 there were enough beds to treat and isolate all reported cases, although the uneven distribution of cases was resulting in serious shortfalls in some areas.On 25 March 2014, the WHO indicated that Guinea's Ministry of Health had reported an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in four southeastern districts, and that suspected cases in the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone were being investigated.In Guinea, a total of 86 suspected cases, including 59 deaths, had been reported as of 24 March.We transfer down to the waterfront and board the Kassoumaye Steamship for our 3 hour excursion to Gambia and its capital, Banjul.