Despite the threats posed by the Ebola virus disease in the Mano River Union countries, the Government of the Republic of Guineahas announced its borders with Liberia will remain open. Guinean Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency S.E. ElhadjAbdoulaye Dore, told The Analyst that the various border points entering into Liberia from Guinea have remained open since the outbreak of the virus.
“The only problem being faced at the borders right now is with the authorities on the other side who are not allowing easy entry into their country. For us, we have no problem with people leaving and entering as long as they can adhere to measures put in place. We have all the detergent and anti-bacteria materials needed,” he explained.
The Guinean envoy indicated that that measureshave been put in place in Guinea to make sure that the virus is not spread to neighboring countries.
Ambassador Dore said that though the spread of the virus in West Africa was said to have started in Guinea, the Guinean authorities have never considered closing its border with neighboring countries.
He explained that with the alarming death rate caused by the virus in the sub-region, the Guinean authorities have also put in to place measures that will ensure that people entering and leaving the country are tested for Ebola.
Ambassador Dore maintained that Guinea has never shut down its borders as reported on the BBC regular morning “News Day” program, saying he was shocked to learn that their borders have been shut down, claiming that the borders are functioning well and businesses are going on as usual.
He asserted that the Guinean authority is doing everything possible to maintain good diplomatic relations with its neighbors and that nothing will prompt them to take such action.
Ambassador Dore said various testing centers have already been established so as to conduct test on suspected Ebola patients in and around the country.
He named the Guigadou testing center as the main center between Guinea and Liberia which is being used by both governments to carry on testing for Liberians and Guineans as a means of detecting suspected Ebola cases.