April 8, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay
Despite efforts by the government to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola viral disease in the country, the virus is proving to be hard to defeat as new cases continue to emerge in the Western Area and northern Sierra Leone.
Kroo Bay, a sprawling slum community on the Atlantic coastline in the Western Area, is reported to have recorded another confirmed case.
A community elder, Pa Mohamed P. Kargbo, told Concord Times the new Ebola confirmed case that was recorded last week has put the densely populated community in a state of panic as residents were concerned about the fact that thousands share the same toilet and scramble for inadequate water facility in the community.
“Lack of enough toilet facilities in the community could be one of the main factors responsible for the reoccurrence of the deadly Ebola virus within the Kroo Bay community,” said Kargbo.
The home of the person who was confirmed Ebola positive has been quarantined.
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According to Kargbo, Kroo Bay has six public toilets for a population of about 10,000.
He lamented that the disease could be hard to defeat because of poor sanitary conditions and lack of basic amenities, including clean drinking water for the poor community.
Another resident, Mariama Sesay, also expressed similar concern, noting that they were vulnerable to many diseases due to lack of toilet and water facilities in the community.