MP calls for concerted efforts to fight deadly Ebola outbreak


By Samuel J. Kargbo

An opposition lawmaker, Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray representing Constituency 73 in Bo District, last Thursday said in the Well of Parliament that they should deal with the Ebola virus very seriously because majority of their constituents reside in the provinces.

According to the MP, the virus is threatening the rest of the country thus calling for the provision of sanitary substance at the entrance of Parliament for the safety of lawmakers and those visiting the House.

He called on his colleagues to continue their sensitization on the deadly virus, adding that curbing and eradicating the outbreak should not be left in the hands of government alone but the business of all, including opposition lawmakers, because it is a national emergency and hence must be treated seriously.

The outbreak has caused more deaths in West Africa – 380 – than the previous worst outbreak in the Great Lakes Region – 280 – according to data by the World Health Organisation.

Sierra Leone has been worst hit by the outbreak since May when the first case was confirmed in Kailahun District, which is the epicentre of the disease in the country. At least 49 people have been reported dead, although unconfirmed sources indicate that the number could be higher.

Government and medical aid agencies have been urged to do more to fight the virulent outbreak in the sub-region, while the Mano River Union countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Ivory Coast – have pledged to use a coordinated approach to combat the disease.