Mar 30, 2017 Last Updated 9:01 AM, Mar 30, 2017

Guinea starts Ebola compensation payments

Eight families have been given $10,000 (£6,200) payments to compensate for the lives of the health workers who have died from contracting the Ebola virus, according to Dr Saccoba Keita, the head of Guinea's Ebola mission.

In total more than 4,800 people have died of Ebola, mainly in Guinea and the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Guinea's President Alpha Conde had promised to pay compensation for those who had died "in active service" helping Ebola patients a month ago.

The WHO says 443 health workers have contracted Ebola in this outbreak, of whom 244 have died.

Following the third meeting of the WHO's emergency committee to assess the efforts so far to contain and control the outbreak, the world health body said it continued to be a "public health emergency of international concern", the AFP news agency reports.

The situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains of great concern", it added.

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