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Ebola update as 19 August, 2014

Health workers in protective clothing wait in an emergency ward as preparation for receiving any emergency Ebola patients. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Health workers in protective clothing wait in an emergency ward as preparation for receiving any emergency Ebola patients. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

We have a total of 220 patients who have survived the Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for is 0. No figures from the laboratory in Kailahun District.

The total cumulative number of confirmed deaths is 312, and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 778 with Kailahun 401; Kenema 280; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 28; Pujehun 3; Bo 24; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 20; Western Area Rural 4. As of yesterday, Koinadugu District is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The cumulative number of probable cases is 52 and probable deaths 34, while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 58 and suspected deaths 5.

His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma paid a visit to the construction site of the new Ebola treatment center in Kerry Town, Western Area yesterday to assess the work done by the contractor so far. The contractor assured the President that the construction of the center will be completed in three weeks.

A new laboratory provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has arrived in Sierra Leone and now in Kenema for installation. Components of another laboratory provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) have also arrived from South Africa and currently being installed at Lakka; the remaining components are expected in the country on Friday, according to the WHO.

Justice Sallaymatu Koroma has donated Le10 million Leones to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as her contribution in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)