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170 days into Ebola Outbreak

…WANEP launches Governance Alert Bulletin

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 By Regina Pratt

Yesterday 10 November, marked 170 days since the index case of the Ebola virus disease was confirmed in the country, according to National Coordinator of the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP0 Sierra Leone, Edward Jombla.

Since then, some 1,142 persons have died of the virus, out of 4,523 confirmed cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Also, another 878 individuals have survived the virulent virus.

Jombla was speaking during a press conference held at their Soldier Street office, during the launch of WANEP’s Ebola Governance Alert monthly bulletin.

He noted that the disease has negatively impacted the country’s record of being among the fastest growing economies in the world, as well as affected youth employment.

“In Sierra Leone more than a third of the country’s population is living in district/chiefdoms sealed off by security personnel and isolated by what has been dubbed as indefinite quarantine,” Jombla said.

The escalation of the outbreak led to a declaration of a state of public emergency by government, restricting movements into and out of quarantined districts – Kailahun, Kenema, Bombali, Port Loko, Koinagudu and Moyamba.

Yet the new cases have kept swelling up, despite the best efforts of government and the international community.

The WANEP coordinator said the Ebola Governance Alert critically examines the serious threats of Ebola to statehood and human existence, adding that the bulletin is funded by UNDP.

Mr. Jombla said that the battle against Ebola is yet to be won, although lots of efforts have been made by the international community to break the chain of transmission.

He disclosed that WANEP has monitors in all 149 chiefdoms in the country. ‘We have to step up the fight, give more education on Ebola and use existing structures,” he stressed.

A member of the WANEP Board in the Western Area, Musa Ansumana Soko, said the bulletin looks at key elements that are missing in the fight to defeat the virus.

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