By KABS KANU :
The Deputy Minister of Health (2) , Madam Madina Rahman , has said that only a coordinated international approach , simultaneously targeting the three Mano River Union ( MRU ) states most heavily affected by Ebola, will end the outbreak in West Africa . The Minister was talking yesterday to COCORIOKO from Cambodia, where she is presently attending a conference on the inimical impact of the Ebola outbreak on Agriculture in Sierra Leone.
Minister Madina Rahman told this newspaper that if international efforts to end the outbreak are concentrated on only one country at a time , it will be a useless effort because the other nations still suffering from the disease would infect the country declared Ebola-free. All international efforts should be equally concentrated on the three countries to achieve maximum success, the minister emphasized.
With regards to concerns that the new cases of infection in Sierra Leone continue to be high, Ms. Rahman said that as a matter of fact the transmission rates were going down, but the manner in which the Ebola updates were being given everyday was responsible for the belief that the disease was worsening in Sierra Leone. She said that the high rates of discharged patients were not being effectively reflected . She told COCORIOKO that there is a very impressive trend in the area of discharge of patients cured from the disease. She however conceded that more international support was needed in Sierra Leone to help contain and defeat the disease.
The Deputy Minister of Health, while lamenting the devastation to human life and the economy by Ebola in Sierra Leone noted that at the end of the outbreak the nation would not be the same again from the point of view of her health care delivery system. Despite the thousands of lives that have been lost, the health care system in Sierra Leone would be highly developed at the end of the outbreak. She said that the structures being put in place would ensure better health care delivery . She noted that the reason that Ebola was causing such a devastation was that the country’s health care system was not prepared and did not have the capacity to handle such a deadly outbreak .
The Minister said that the government maintained its determination and resolve to end the outbreak by the end of December.
Madam Rahman said that the treatment centres being erected were also not being given spotlight. She identified the establishment of the treatment centres as one of the most positive signs that progress was being achieved in the fight against Ebola.