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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.

Author: 
BBC
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.

Government Ministers (Joined by John Benjamin) in rapt attention

SIERRA LEONE PARLIAMENT

OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown

 

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES STATE OF PUBLIC EMERGENCY

Freetown, 7th August, 2014

The House of Parliament has today ratified the State of Public Emergency throughout Sierra Leone as declared by H E the President and published in the Sierra Leone Gazette on 31st July, 2014.

 

Author: 
Cyril Juxon Smith
A Liberian woman weeps over the death of a relative from Ebola on the outskirts of Monrovia

Liberian soldiers have set up a blockade stopping people from western regions affected by the Ebola outbreak from entering the capital, Monrovia.

It follows the president's declaration of a state of emergency to tackle the outbreak that has killed more than 930 people in West Africa this year.

In Sierra Leone the security forces have now imposed a complete blockade of eastern areas hit by Ebola.

Health experts in Switzerland are discussing a response to the outbreak.

The head of community Relation Department in the police media unit Kenema division Brima James Musa has informed the general public about the role of the police in the fight against Ebola in the Region.

He said the effort of the police is to support the medical team in eradicating the spread of the Ebola virus.

Mr. Musa said one of the ways  the police can assist the health officers is by mounting check points at strategic areas in the district so that passengers and drivers would go through the medical screening at those check points.

Author: 
Kamal M. Barrie
(Workers of LEOCEM at the sanitization meeting)

Business Coalition against AIDS in Sierra Leone on Wednesday has engaged both causal and permanent workers of the LEOCEM Company at cline town on the prevention of Ebola.

Speaking during the sensitization meeting at LEOCEM factory, Cline town in Freetown, James King from the Health Education Department in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation underscored the importance of the Ebola prevention.

He said Ebola is real and one of the reason for it massive spread is disbelief.

Author: 
Komba Fillie

Washington, DC — Nigerian health authorities are in the process of tracing more than 30,000 people who could be at risk of contracting Ebola, after the virus surfaced in Lagos.

The authorities have confirmed that a Liberian man who died in Lagos last Friday tested positive for Ebola, Reuters reported.

After the discovery, the hospital that dealt with Nigeria's first known Ebola victim was closed.

Professor Sunday Omilabu, from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, told Reuters the health authorities are now tracing everyone who may have had contact with the victim.

Author: 
ALL AFRICA NEWS

Lagos State Government has warned the public to be wary of some pastors who claim to have cure for the dreaded Ebola virus.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, specifically advised the citizenry to be wary of the activities of alleged fraudsters who were reportedly making spurious claims about their ability to provide cure for the deadly virus.

He called on those who wanted to rip off members of the public to desist from such claims of cure or risk arrest and prosecution.

Author: 
Henry Ifeanyi

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