Members of different Sierra Leonean Communities and Registered organizations in the United States of America have joined the collaborative fight against the deadly EBOLA virus that is wreaking havoc on the lives of people of the Mano River Union in general and Sierra Leone in Particular.
In response to an appeal made by Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens and Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh, several people have made donations in cash and equipment all in a bid to fight the Ebola pandemic.
Ambassador Stevens said he has received the sum of five thousand ($5000)United States Dollars from a responder to his appeal. Mr. Mohamed L. Bah, President of Fullah Progressive Union, said his organization has secured medical equipment in three twenty feet containers to assist in combating the disease and one of the containers has already been shipped to Kenema Hospital.
Mr. Victor Tarmoh, President of Tegloma Organization also informed the meeting that they have send five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) worth of equipment to Sierra Leone.
In addition, a campaign against Ebola Website known as EBOLAPANDEMIC RELIEFSIERRALEONE.ORG has been set up to facilitate contributions towards combating the disease. For t-shirts sales and donation :
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the United States of America has written letters to consuls in different States in the USA not only informing them about the outbreak and its consequences, but also reiterating the stance of President Ernest Bai Koroma in so far as the fight against the disease is related.
According to Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF) “EBOLA is one of the world’s most deadly diseases with no vaccine against it.”
According to updates from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, as of “5th July 2014, a total of 17 samples were received by the Laboratory: eight (8) from Kailahun , eight (8) from Kenema and one (1) from Bo
Twelve (12) of the 17 samples were laboratory confirmed positive for Ebola from Kailahun six (6) and Kenema six (6). Three (3) of the remaining samples are negative while results for two (2) samples are pending.
Four of the seven (7) laboratory pending results yesterday are now positive while three (3) are negative. Kailahun and Kenema districts still remain the only two districts with laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone at present
“The cumulative number of Laboratory confirmed cases is two hundred and seventy (270) whiles confirmed death is eighty (80).
Eighty-nine (89) cases are currently admitted at the Ebola Treatment Centers. Fifty (50) in Kenema and thirty-nine (39) in Kailahun
The cumulative number of discharged cases is 32
Meanwhile, line listing of contacts and monitoring of case contacts is on-going in districts with confirmed cases.
The training completed for staff of the Ebola treatment center established at Lakka Government Hospital.
On March 23 2014, Guinean officials confirmed, samples from victims of “viral hemorrhagic fever” from initial affected areas – Kissidougou, Gueckedou, and Macenta towns in Southern and South East of Guinea, near Sierra Leone and Liberian borders tested positive for the Ebola virus.
on Monday March 24th, 2014 A two man medical team from “METABIOTA” contracted by the United States Department of Defense briefed Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens at the Embassy of Sierra Leone, and proceeded as first responders in Sierra Leone to investigate assess, evaluate, and help combat the Ebola virus that broke out in areas in the republic of Guinea that are near Sierra Leone.