First thing this morning I did a refresher course for the team in the isolation unit. There have been quite a few new recruits over the last few weeks and I wanted to make sure that everyone knows exactly what we are doing. It was a good session: there were questions about whether or not there is an Ebola vaccine, what can be done for the patients, and could the guards please have some new boots.
At the end of the session I gave everyone a malaria prophylaxis. We are implementing this as a policy for all staff to prevent them from getting malaria. We are worried about people getting malaria and their symptoms being confused with those of Ebola (fever is a symptom of both diseases). Taking a malaria prophylaxis is compulsory for all of the international staff as well.
In the afternoon, I started to train a group of 12 people on how to disinfect houses. Now that we have a few more cars available, we will be able to send spray teams out to disinfect houses, village by village. We probably need to cover about 200 houses in total, which is rather daunting.
After explaining to them about Ebola, I got one of them to dress up in the protective clothing. Then I divided the group into two teams, each of which had to dress up one person. It was very effective - there was a bit of rivalry and they did it very well. They will start work tomorrow in a village not far from here.