The UN atomic agency declared that it sent equipment initially utilized in nuclear processes to Sierra Leone as it can help the doctors to quickly diagnose Ebola viurs infections. At the same time, the agency is in contact with other West African countries in order to see how it can help.
IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) declared that the specialized technology has to be seen as a small but highly effective contribution to the fight against the Ebola outbreak, which killed almost 5,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Many countries deployed health personnel and resources to the affected area, including Cuba, China and the US, with the aid surge being led by the UN.
IAEA declared that they helped by sending RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology. It can be used by doctors to detect Ebola in just a few hours with the use of fluorescent marketers. This equipment was originally used with radioactive isotope markers but was modified.
There are also other ways of detecting an Ebola infection. However, they require growing cell cultures for a number of days, which makes the diagnosis process go slowly.
A spokesman for the IAEA declared that the machine was sent to Sierra Leone on Sunday but no extra details were added. He said:
“We are currently in communication with Liberia, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Guinea to identify their specific needs.”