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CDC boss in Kenema to observe Ebola treatment centre

AUGUST 29, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

Director of the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is on a visit in the country and currently in Kenema, one of the Ebola epicenter districts, to assess the Ebola Treatment Centre and get firsthand information on the virus which has killed more than 300 people within four months.

Dr. Tom Frieden, together with Dr. Tom Kenyon, Director of CDC’s Center for Global Health, is expected to travel to two other worst affected Ebola countries in the sub-region – Guinea and Liberia – to meet with government officials, international partners, and healthcare workers.

According to Outreach Coordinator in the Office of the Government Spokesperson, Abdulai Bayraytay, the fight against the viral disease has taken a new dimension in that the visit of the CDC director is geared toward advising health sector workers on how to contain the epidemic.

Mr. Bayraytay told newsmen at the weekly government press briefing yesterday that the chief CDC epidemiologist is in the country to have thorough observation of laboratories in the epicentres of the outbreak, and to advice the government on further measures to be taken in the containment of the disease, which has merely gone out of control.

He said the director’s visit was necessitated by the seeming difficulty to manage an outbreak of this magnitude by the three countries, due to its complexity.

When asked whether the reported disagreement between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Kailahun, another epicenter district, has normalized, the Outreach Coordinator said: “There is no rift between the two [sets of] health workers. They are working in harmony; the Canadians are running the lab and MSF are at the treatment centre. The Senegalese doctor that contracted the disease is a bizarre situation because he is a renowned epidemiologist in the world.”