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Ebola

The outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone on 25th May, 2014, has claimed nearly four thousand lives and devastated the country’s economy. The origin of the virus and its devastating effect has caused mixed feelings among the populace.

The Ebola outbreak has left tens of thousands of Sierra Leoneans jobless while a few people with lucrative assignments in the Ebola fight are praying inwardly for the epidemic not to end just as yet.

Author: 
Kamal M. Barrie in Kenema
Director of Education, Port Loko District, Brima Taimu Koroma

In spite of the different shades of opinions on the re-opening of schools slated for end of March 2015, the people of Port Loko district have resolved to work along with the guidelines prescribed by Government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

This was confirmed by the Deputy Director of Education in Port Loko, Briama Taimu Koroma in a recent interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA). He said the measures and mechanisms put in place before the reopening of schools are to ensure that the pupils are in a real protective environment.

Author: 
Hassan Bruz

When the outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) started in neighbouring Guinea and Liberia early last year, the Government of Sierra Leone failed to take robust and proactive measures such as closing our borders and strengthening the weak health system for any possible occurrence. Many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans alerted the Government through the media on the possible outbreak of the deadly virus in the country and made several suggestions as to what the Government should do to prevent the outbreak of the deadly virus. The Proprietress and Publisher of Awareness Times, Dr.

Author: 
Thomas Vandi Gbow

Liberia is to reopen its borders following a reduction in the number of Ebola cases being reported in the country.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the announcement on Friday and said nationwide curfews would also be lifted.

New infections have dropped to one-tenth of the level seen when the virus was at its peak.

But health officials warned the decline has levelled off in the last month.

Author: 
SPECTATOR NEWSPAPER

Vice President Alhaji Chief Sam-Sumana continued his drive on social mobilization in the Eastern Region to ensure a zero Ebola transmission in the country by March, 2015, as declared by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Author: 
Alimatu Fofanah

The St. John of God Catholic Hospital otherwise known as the Mabessaneh Hospital in Lunsar has resumed full operations after it was shut down in the first week of October 2014 following the death of Bro. Manual Gercia Viago, a Spanish medical doctor who got infected in Lunsar and flown to Spain where he later died of Ebola.

This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Bro. Michael

Koroma, in an interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) earlier this week.

Author: 
Hassan Bruz

Ebola has devastated Sierra Leone, but has also brought some unexpected solace for the women and girls there.

The country has temporarily banned female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of its aggressive efforts to stop the worst Ebola epidemic on record, Bloomberg reported.

Author: 
SPECTATOR NEWSPAPER
One of Red Cross treatment centre

The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has been managing the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kenema for some months now with only one case of suspected infection of a health worker. Since the SLRCS started managing the treatment centre, the number of Ebola cases has been dropping drastically to the point that Kenema has been registering no case of Ebola for several days.

Author: 
Cecil Cole Showers Jnr
Rtd. Palo Conteh

Payment of risk allowances to Ebola workers in Kenema and Bo is reported to have ended up in chaos as many of the workers protested for not receiving their October risk allowances while the few that were fortunate to be paid complained that their allowances were drastically reduced.

The payment exercise in Kenema was in a mess as dozens of Ebola workers of the Government Hospital had their names omitted from the list prepared by the hospital management and presented to the pay team of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).

Author: 
Joseph Milton Lebbie

The Ebola virus is mutating and could potentially become more contagious if given enough time to evolve, according to scientists at the Parisian research centre Institut Pasteu.

By sequencing the genes of viruses contained in blood samples of 20 Guinean Ebola patients, they tracked changes over time and revealed that some alterations in genetic make-up have already taken place.

 

Author: 
FESTUS MARGAI

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