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Ebola

When the President on 4th August, 2014 declared a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the country, Government also adopted a number of extra-ordinary measures to contain the spread of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD). Amongst others, Government imposed restriction on the amount of people private commercial vehicles should carry.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

–“I know , you know it is the constitutional responsibility of the Sierra Leone Police to protect Lives and Properties, a responsibility Management has always ensured it is done with remark professionalism. But it has also become a fact for you to know that manning the increasing numbers of Ebola Quarantined Homes and at the same time coping with general criminality are crucial challenges that required the cooperation of all well-meaning persons.”

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(SLENA)

Celebrations in West Africa for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha have been badly affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Reports from Guinea say public places used for prayers are deserted while religious leaders in Sierra Leone told Muslims not to shake hands or embrace.

Meanwhile, a French nurse who got the virus in Liberia has recovered after having experimental treatment in Paris.

The outbreak is the world's deadliest and has killed more than 3,400 people.

Dr. Kent Brantly Jessica McGowan

Kent Brantly has a unique perspective on the Ebola epidemic: he has both worked as a doctor to treat the virus in patients and he is a victim of the disease, having contracted Ebola in July while working as a medical missionary in Liberia.

He has called the disease ‘a fire straight from the pit of hell’ as he testified in DC before a senate committee on the West African outbreak. Below are details of his account:

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Spectator News
Some villagers in Guinea have been scared by the appearance of health workers trying to combat Ebola

Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say.

Some of the bodies - of health workers, local officials and journalists - were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore.

Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease.

More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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BBC
Marketplaces outside of the capital were also quiet on Friday

A three-day curfew is under way in Sierra Leone to let health workers find and isolate cases of Ebola, in order to halt the spread of the disease.

Many people have been reluctant to seek medical treatment for Ebola, fearing that diagnosis might mean death as there is no proven cure.

A team of 30,000 people is going house-to-house to find those infected and distribute soap.

But critics say the lockdown will damage public trust in doctors.

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BBC

Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoh Kabba Monday 15th said test for Ebola is priced at USD $400 per person.

He made this disclosure while addressing number of media practitioners at the Harry Yansanneh Hall at the headquarter office of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists on Campbell Street Freetown.

He revealed government has not been taking a single penny from anyone for any Ebola test.

Payments for Ebola test, he said, are footed by international donor partners.  

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Festus Justus Margai

The Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce Communications Committee (PTMCC), who doubles as Adviser to the President, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, has told journalists that the Ebola outbreak has created economic devastation in the country.

He said the trend at which the disease is ravaging society is deplorable, adding also that government will forever not stop at informing the press about development on the outbreak.

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Festus Justus Margai
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

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AMINATA CAREW

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.

Author: 
Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr

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