Sierra Leone Declares State of Emergency As Ebola Spreads

Sierra Leone Declares State of Emergency As Ebola Spreads

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A doctor displays collected samples of the Ebola virus at the Centre for Disease Control in Entebbe, about 37km (23 miles) southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala, August 2, 2012. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Edward Echwalu)

The government of Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency in the eastern district of Kailahun due to an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

As a result of the outbreak which has claimed over 16 lives,  the government has closed school, cinemas, nightclub and trade fairs.

According to reports from the Voice of America, vehicles and their passengers entering the district are subject to screening at checkpoints.

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The decision to close schools in the district came after a nine-year-old tested positive to the virus after contacting it from the parents.

Ebola disease is characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea and in many cases, internal and external bleeding.  There is no vaccine or cure.

1 COMMENT

  1. 31st July
    2014

    Sierra Leone is in a
    State of Emergency for 60 to 90 days to combat Ebola.

    On May 26th
    2014 the first Ebola case was confirmed by the Honorable Minister of
    Health and Sanitation (FM98.1)

    Monday, 4th
    August 2014 declared a National Stay at Home Day to allow for
    reflection and education.

    A Summary of the Key
    Points

    His Excellency
    President Koroma cancels trip to US/Africa Summit scheduled in
    America

    President
    Koroma to travel to Guinea (Friday, 1st August 2014) to
    meet with Mano River Union (MRU) counterparts to agree Sub Regional
    Strategies for tackling Ebola

    President to
    launch National Response Plan to inaugurate Phase 2 of our fight
    against Ebola

    Establish a
    Presidential Task Force

    All Ebola
    Centers quarantined

    Police and
    Military deployed to support the lead teams tackling Ebola

    Localities with
    incidence of Ebola will be quarantined

    Public Meetings
    and gatherings restricted

    Active
    surveillance and house-to-house searches to track suspected victims
    of Ebola

    Parliament
    recalled to promote MPs leadership of the fight against Ebola

    Paramount
    Chiefs authorised to establish relevant Bye-Laws to tackle Ebola in
    their Chiefdoms

    Mayors,
    Chairmen, Councillors to support the fight in their local areas

    Citizens to
    report all deaths to authorities before burials

    New protocols
    for arriving and departing passengers at Lungi International Airport

    Cancellation of
    all trips by Ministers except essential travel

    Special Bank
    Account for Ebola funds

    State of
    Emergency shall be reviewed on an ongoing basis and additional
    responses are possible.

    Well done Mr
    President.

    God bless Sierra
    Leone

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