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‘All Western Area burials to take place at Waterloo’

…says NERC CEO

March 19, 2015 By Victoria Saffa & Patrick Jaiah Kamara

Chief Executive Officer of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has stated that all Western Area burials will henceforth take place at Waterloo until another space is located in west of Freetown.

Retired Major Alfred Palo Conteh made this statement at the NERC conference hall yesterday while updating journalists on the current status of the Ebola outbreak in the country.

He said the standard operating procedures are core part of their strategy to get to zero new infection, noting that the Kingtom cemetery where hundreds of corpses have been interred during the outbreak is now full.

He warned that any commercial or private vehicle driver caught taking a patient to hospital will be dealt with, adding that they would work with the Drivers Union to enforce the law.

“There is the 117 service and we have the right ambulances with trained and experienced teams to carry sick people, especially suspected cases and I want people to use the standard operating procedures and do not put everyone’s life at risk,” he said.

The NERC CEO said he had observed that basic hand washing and temperature checking at public buildings are no longer being strictly enforced, stressing that public institutions must show leadership in reinforcing basic safety measures that have proved to be effective.

Rtd. Major Conteh said that over the weekend, President Ernest Bai Koroma visited Kambia, Port Loko, Tonkolili and Bombali districts to review progress made in the fight against the Ebola virus and mobilise local people and their leaders around NERC’s objective of getting to zero new cases.