UMS reacts to Covid-19
Since January, UMS management has been monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, around the world. As the virus begins to spread in many African countries, the management of UMS has been anticipating for several weeks the measures necessary to protect its employees and customers while maintaining activity.
An internal communication campaign has been set up to remind people of the rules of hygiene in use: wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze into your elbow, use single-use tissues, avoid unnecessary contact and stay in pairs meters of your contact. In our offices and on the sites, we have provided employees with hydroalcoholic gel so that employees can wash their hands regularly.
In this fight against the spread of the virus, the HSSE teams play an essential role by being at the heart of the system. If an employee of UMS should experience symptoms similar to those of Covid-19, they must notify the HSSE teams who will be best able to make the best decisions.
At the same time, Guinea, with its experience of the Ebola crisis, has recognized the danger posed by Covid-19. To date, three treatment centers and three laboratories are able to carry out epidemiological tests (the National Institute of Public Health, the Pasteur Institute and the Nongo center) while the National Health Security Agency has to coordinate the care of the sick.
A screening system had been put in place at Conakry airport, in the main ports (including Boké and Boffa) and at land borders for several weeks. Between March 16 and 21, people arriving from at-risk countries are stripped of their passports and immediately quarantined for two weeks to avoid any risk of spread. Since March 21, Conakry International Airport has been closed. Finally, following the decree on the state of emergency of March 26, land borders are also closed as of today. Places of worship and bars are closed, while transport restrictions are imposed.
Guinean and international institutional players present in Guinea mobilized very quickly and regularly organize crisis meetings. National stakeholders (National Institute of Public Health, National Health Security Agency) as well as international stakeholders (Institut Pasteur de Guinée, Center for Research in Epidemiology-Microbiology and Medical Care) are fully involved in advising us on the best measures to take. .
As of March 27, health authorities have identified only five cases in Guinea, including one case of recovery. UMS calls for vigilance, solidarity and a sense of good citizenship for everyone to get through this crisis together.