Sierra Leone Press Material

Statement by WHO Sierra Leone to the media on the discharge of contacts from monitoring and follow up delivered by the WHO Representative, Dr Anders Nordström.

04 February 2016

Cross section of contacts and communities celebrating the discharge  of the 33 contacts On 3 February 33 contacts were discharge from quarantine following the Ebola event that began on 14 January of this year. Their discharge after only three weeks from the confirmation of the index case on 14 January proves that this response did exactly what it was supposed to do – the rapid containment of infection to prevent further spread. The rapid identification and monitoring of contacts in quarantine was key. Four people remain in quarantine in Tonkolili until  11 February. 3 February…

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Government Press Statement: Confirmation of EVD Death in Sierra Leone – 16 January 2016

16 January 2016

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation confirms a positive swab Ebola case after the death of a 22 year old female student at Magburaka town in Tonkolili district on 12 January 2016.  A swab team collected a swab sample and after three positive results confirmed at an accredited laboratory in Makeni, a second accreditated laboratory in Kambia reconfirmed the results.

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First large scale maternal and child health campaign underway after end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

28 November 2015

One of the interventions (Vit-A supplementation) being delivered to a child An integrated nationwide Maternal and Child Health Week campaign (MCHW) is underway in Sierra Leone aimed at restoring the delivery of essential health services which were interrupted during the Ebola outbreak. The campaign locally known as “Mammy and Pikin Wellbodi Week” is being conducted from 26-30 November with the focus of reaching an estimated 1.3 million children under 5 years with vitamin A supplementation and deworming with Albendazole. It also provides opportunity to reach children 0-23 months that missed other…

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Statement on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

07 November 2015

Delivered by Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone Today, 7 November 2015, the World Health Organization declares the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Since Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case on 24 May 2014, a total number of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 have died. From those who tragically lost their lives, 221 of them were healthcare workers. We remember them all today. We are now moving into a new phase of 90…

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WHO commends Sierra Leone for stopping Ebola virus transmission

07 November 2015

Freetown, 7 November 2015 - Today, the World Health Organization declares that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped in Sierra Leone. Forty-two days, that is two Ebola virus incubation cycles, have now passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease had a second negative blood test. "Since Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case in May 2014, a total number of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 have died, 221 of them healthcare workers, all of whom…

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“FIFA 11 for Health” programme launched in Sierra Leone to promote healthy lifestyles among young people

02 November 2015

Samuel Eto’o training with some of the children at the Football academy in Freetown FIFA in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Football Association, United Nations agencies (WHO and UNICEF) on 1 November launched the ‘FIFA 11 for Health’ programme in Freetown aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles among young people. The programme was launched by a delegation of FIFA officials led by the football legend Samuel Eto’o Fils.

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Preliminary study finds that Ebola virus fragments can persist in the semen of some survivors for at least nine months

14 October 2015

Freetown, 14 October 2015 - Preliminary results of a study into persistence of Ebola virus in body fluids show that some men still produce semen samples that test positive for Ebola virus nine months after onset of symptoms.The report, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides the first results of a long-term study being jointly conducted by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone Ministry of Defence, the World Health Organization and the U.S.…

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Revitalising National Immunisation services with routine and supplementary vaccination campaigns

07 October 2015

this child missed some of the routine vaccines. she  was traced by a team of vaccinators by assessing her vaccination card and given the missed vaccines In Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak has affected all aspects of health care. Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but it is clear that many children have missed out on routine vaccination services during the outbreak. To counter this, mass immunization campaigns are being held nationwide An estimated 1.4 million children younger than five years old were targeted with tri-valent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) during a countrywide 4-days supplementary immunization campaign from 2 – 5 October. Over 7,000 teams…

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