April 30, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has stated that new cases in Kambia district and Moa Wharf in the Western Area Urban remain threats to the country’s march to achieving zero.
Retired Major Alfred Palo Conteh made this statement yesterday during the weekly NERC press briefing at the former Special Court building in Freetown.
According to him, statistics show a reduction in the number of new infections and narrowed geographic spread of the virus, although the situation in Kambia district and Moa Wharf remains a threat to the achievement of zero new cases. “We are monitoring this threat closely and we know it is unconnected from the fact that Forecariah, which shares a border with Kambia, remains the hottest spot for Ebola infection in Guinea,” he said.
He informed newsmen that a NERC team was currently in Kambia to better respond to the current chain of transmission, noting that they were focusing on both Kambia and the Western Area, especially Moa Wharf, where new Ebola virus cases were still being recorded regularly.
He added that the response team now has better understanding of the transmission chains and was prepared to respond to those chains. “We will continue to follow every case until we get to zero for 42 consecutive days,” he assured.
Conteh noted that Ebola survivors continue to be an integral part of the response process as many were out in the field working as contact tracers, social mobilizers and other categories of volunteers in the response.
“The survivors are Sierra Leoneans who have gone through the pains of Ebola infections and have survived. They are harmless and can no longer transmit the virus. However, until we have clear evidence of sexual transmission, I would encourage survivors, especially male survivors, to abstain from sexual activities or use condom when they want to engage in,” he admonished.