New laboratory for the diagnosis of Ebola

The First Vice President for Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang, inaugurated on Thursday, January 15, in Sipopo (Malabo) a molecular laboratory for the diagnosis of Ebola hemorrhagic fever and other clinical analysis.

The First Vice President for Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang, presided over the launch of this health service based in La Paz Medical Center in Sipopo (Malabo), representing the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The event was also attended by a number of national authorities and representatives of international institutions such as the Second Deputy Prime Minister for the Social Sector and Minister of Education and Science, Lucas Nguema Esono, and the Ministers of Health and Welfare, and of Mines, Industry and Energy, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang and Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, respectively.

Located in the La Paz Medical Center in Malabo, this laboratory of Molecular Biology not only can test for Ebola, but also perform any type of genetic analysis. This was stated by the center’s director, Oscar Embon, and other professionals who have participated in this ceremony.

Government members also attended the event, and said the inauguration of this entity, as Mbega Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines, stated that it “comes at an important time for our country, given the magnitude of the events of the CAN (African Cup Nations).” Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang, stated that the laboratory services are an essential part of all health systems: “This center will allow us to have viable and timely laboratory tests that are vital for health treatment.”

Also, Ignacio Milam Tang described this inauguration as transcendental, and stressed how important the Government of the Nation considers the safety of its inhabitants and the African continent, so it is taking precautionary measures to prevent the occurrence of the Ebola virus and in the event that it could not be avoided, to adequately manage the disease. He also recalled the information and awareness campaigns being carried out, and the acquisition of protective equipment, ongoing training of staff and the construction of appropriate isolation infrastructure, among other measures.

The First Vice President also said that this laboratory is one more link, which will help to ensure the holding of the CAN 2015 with all the guarantees of security, and strengthen the health plan of the Government, led by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in view of Horizon 2020.

The ceremony was attended by the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country, as well as the US Ambassador accredited to Equatorial Guinea, Mark L. Asquino and representatives of the national oil sector.

Text and photos: Luis Felipe Rondo (Press Office of the First Vice President)

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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