‘Not getting to zero is not an option’ - ...WHO
JANUARY 7, 2015 By Alusine Sesay
Deputy Country Representative of the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone, Dr. Zabulon Yoti, has noted that the first phase in the fight against Ebola had elapsed, and that all should work hard to ensure the achievement of zero new confirmed cases in the country during the second phase.
Dr. Yoti was speaking yesterday at the launching ceremony of the Chinese Intensified Training for Ebola Response Project (ITERP) at the College of Medicine and Allied Sciences campus at Jui in the Western Rural District, outside Freetown.
“Not getting to zero is not an option. There must be a strong engagement and ownership of the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone,” he urged.
He commended the Chinese government for what he referred to as their relentless effort in the fight against Ebola.
Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Zhao Yanbo, said the project constitutes an important part of the anti-Ebola public health training programmes conducted by China since 13 November, 2014.
“The project will last for three months and will cover Jui, Kossoh Town and Grafton in the Western Rural District. It would jointly be implemented by the Chinese public health expert team and the Sierra Leonean government,” the ambassador said.
In accordance with the project, he said Chinese public health experts would not only train local medical workers, but will also expand the scope of the training, enhance social mobilization, scale-up blood sample, case management in the three villages.
“The training will help improve local disease surveillance systems and strengthen the capabilities of prevention and control of other infectious disease. The Chinese side will provide technical and financial support to ensure successful implementation,” Ambassador Yanbo said.
He added that the project would not only help community people wipe out Ebola, but would as well strengthen their capabilities of responding to other infectious diseases.