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August 2014

Cross section of staff during an Ebola Town Hall Meeting

The Managing Director of Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, Mr. Willy Ngana, has assured his staff that the Company does not have any immediate plan to stop its operations and to lay off its staff because of the Ebola outbreak. He made this pronouncement during the Company’s third Ebola Sensitization Town Hall meeting held on the 11th August, 2014 at the Company Staff Canteen in Wellington.

A cross section of staff during an Ebola Town Hall Meeting


The Sierra Leone Embassy in The Gambia in collaboration with Rescue Sierra Leone (An emergency Respond Committee made up of Sierra Leoneans) over the weekend, held a one day prayer and sensitization  seminar on the Ebola virus at the Gambia Pastoral Institute (GPI) at Kairaba Avenue.

Seated at the high table where the Guest of Honor Mr. Dauda Sesay Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, together with His Excellency Amb Soulay Daramy and his wife Her Excellency Afiju Daramy, Deputy Amb Saidata Sesay, Dr. Ulric Jones and Doctors Momodu Gassama and Magnus Ochoge.

Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr
Peter Ouko is serving a life sentence and has been in prison for 16 years

A maximum security prison in Kenya has been the unusual setting for a ceremony awarding a diploma from the University of London.

Peter Ouko, an inmate at Kamiti prison in Nairobi, has received a diploma in common law.

A former death row inmate, Ouko followed the course online and will now advance to a further law qualification.

The event at the prison on Friday was attended by senior judge Richard Mwongo, representing the chief justice.


Following earlier denials, Liberia has admitted that 17 suspected Ebola patients are "missing" after a health centre in the capital was looted.

The government had sought to reassure people, saying all the patients had been moved to another health facility.

But Information Minister Lewis Brown told the BBC that 17 inmates had gone "back into their communities".

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for exit screenings on all travellers from affected countries.

It wants checks at airports, sea ports and major land crossings.


Police in Kenya say they have detained nearly 4,000 people in the past week in a massive security operation. The arrests come after the killing of a controversial Muslim preacher in the city of Mombasa, as Gabriel Gatehouse reports for BBC Newsnight.

Abubakar Shariff Ahmed's supporters have accused the Kenyan security forces of being behind the shooting. Suspicion has fallen in particular on the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU), which is funded by the UK and US.

This man carried a young girl out of the West Point health facility

There are conflicting reports over the fate of 17 suspected Ebola patients who vanished after a quarantine centre in the Liberian capital was looted.

An angry mob attacked the centre in Monrovia's densely populated West Point township on Saturday evening.

A senior health official said all of the patients had been moved to another medical facility.

But a reporter told the BBC that 17 had escaped while 10 others were taken away by their families.

There have been a lot of news reports about the health risks of meat eating, but are they justified? Dr Michael Mosley has been investigating the truth behind the headlines for BBC Horizon.

I like eating meat, but what was once an innocent pleasure is now a guilty one.

If you believe the headlines, regularly indulging in a steak or a bacon sandwich raises your risk of heart disease and cancer.

The threat to health comes not from eating white meat, like chicken, but from red and processed meat.

Dr Michael Mosley

The Sierra Leone People’s Party presidential hopeful Rtd. Julius Maada Bio has called on the President for the fight on the deadly Ebola virus.


Sources close to State House confided to this medium that President Koroma has a very fruitful deliberations with the Brigadier at State House on how they can tackled the deadly Ebola virus which is causing serious havoc in the country.

Bio’s who arrived in Freetown past Saturday will be heading to the south-east to educate and sensitized sierra Leoneans on the deadly Ebola virus.

Cecil Cole Showers Jnr
Vice President Sam Sumana(right) receiving cheque for Le25 million from Islamic NGO

Freetown, August 12 (SLENA) - Munazamat Al-Dawa Al-Islamia, an International NGO Monday 11 August presented a chequefor twenty-five million leones (Le25M) to Vice PresidentAlhaji Chief Sam-Sumana as part of their contribution in the fight against Ebola.

In his thank you remarks, the Hon Vice President expressed on behalf of His Excellency, the President Dr. Ernest BaiKoroma his profound gratitude to the delegation for partnering with government in the eradication of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, Ebola which is ravaging the three MRU countries.

Cecil Cole Showers Jnr
August is the month that the Bukusu hold their circumcision ceremonies for boys and young men

Kenyan men from several ethnic groups in the western town of Moi's Bridge have gone into hiding fearing they will be forcibly circumcised.

This follows the forced circumcision of at least eight men in the small agricultural town by groups of youths from the Bukusu ethnic community.

The Bukusu hold their traditional circumcision ceremonies in August.

But not all of Kenya's communities practise circumcision, which marks the transition from boy to man.

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