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Kailahun may be declared Ebola free

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

Kailahun District, which registered the index case of the Ebola viral disease in the country, may soon be declared Ebola free if the trend of zero infection case continues, according to Director of Communications in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the weekly press briefing of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Sidie Yayah Tunis stated that the epicenter district did not record any case of Ebola during and after the three-day ‘Ose-to-Ose Ebola Tok’.

He explained that Kenema District, which is the second worst affected district, recorded only three cases during the lockdown.

“Kenema and Kailahun cannot be declared Ebola free as of now, but if the current trend continues for about 42 days, we will declare those districts Ebola free,” he said.

He maintained that the government’s decision to isolate three new districts – Port Loko, Bombali and Moyamba – was a proactive venture as the overall objective is to reduce the rate of infection in the three districts.

Providing an update on the spread of the disease, Mr. Tunis revealed that there are 1,816 confirmed cases since the outbreak, with 519 deaths and 397 survivors.

He said that out of the 41 new cases on Wednesday, Bombali District accounted for 36, while 12 cases were reported from Port Loko.

Also, Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, disclosed that the British government has put together 100 million pounds to construct a treatment centre of 700 beds.

“150 British doctors and nurses will soon jet in to help combat the disease. 90 health workers will be trained every week by the British epidemiologists,” he said.

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