Sierra Leone Press Material

President Koroma visits Ebola epicentres of Kenema and Kailahun and launches revised response plan

30 July 2014

01  President Koroma and entourage at the Ebola management centre in Kailahun District being briefed by a MSF staff Freetown 30 July 2014 - His Excellency President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone visited Kenema and Kailahun on 28 and 29 July respectively to assess the level of the  ongoing Ebola outbreak in the two districts. This is the first visit of the President to the two epicentres of the outbreak since the onset of the disease in May this year.  The President undertook the visit together with the Minister of Health and Sanitation Madam Miatta…


The World Health Organization urges Sierra Leone’s President to boost community engagement to stop Ebola transmission

24 July 2014

R-L Dr Mufunda, WHO Representative, Dr Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Madam Kargbo, Minister of Health Freetown 23 July 2014 - The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis Sambo continued his visit to the three West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. On the second leg of his visit the Regional Director arrived in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 22 July 2014 to get more insight, review current outbreak response and challenges, and explore the best ways to rapidly contain the EVD outbreak in West Africa. Dr Sambo held series of…


Kailahun deploys 300 volunteers to monitor persons exposed to Ebola virus in communities

11 July 2014

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 11 July 2014 - The Kailahun District Health Management Team in collaboration with WHO, Red Cross, MSF, Metabiota and other partners has trained the last batch of 300 community volunteers in the district. The volunteers comprised of community health workers and Red Cross Volunteers selected across the communities in the 14 chiefdoms in Kailahun  District. The volunteers were trained to identify and monitor Ebola signs and symptoms in persons that have had “contact” with Ebola patients. The contact tracing has…


WHO Assistant Director General Visits Ebola Response Staff in the field in Sierra Leone

08 July 2014

Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director General for Health Security Dr Keiji Fukuda, the Assistant Director General (ADG) for Health Security from the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva arrived in Sierra Leone on 8 July 2014. The visit was part of WHO’s continued engagement with the government and partners in ending the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the country. Dr Fukuda’s visit was also to reaffirm the Organization’s  continued commitment in coordinating and facilitating a speedy end of the outbreak. The ADG visited together with Dr Benido Impouma, the…


United Nations Country Team Undertakes field visits to assess Ebola outbreak response

02 July 2014

WHO Field Coordinator briefing the UN team in  Kailahun. Heads of agencies of the United Nations in Sierra Leone visited Kenema and Kailahun Districts on 30 June and 1 July respectively. The team was led by the UN Resident Coordinator, David McLachlan-Karr. The objective of the visit was to identify gaps in the Ebola response and assess resource needs. Outcome of the visit will guide the UN agencies in their resource mobilisation for a coordinated UN intervention in supporting the government and partners to curb outbreak of the Ebola…


More patients discharged from the Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone

30 June 2014

First patient discharge from the Ebola Treatment centre posing with husband 30 June 2014, Freetown -- On 30 June 2014 four patients were discharged from the Ebola treatments centres bringing the number of discharged patients to 23.The first to be discharged from the Ebola treatment centre is Victoria Yillia a 19 year old lady from Koindu Town in the Kailahun district. Quoting from her statement she said “I felt like I am in heaven when I was discharged”. She is now living in nearby Kenema district with her husband and mother…


Kailahun District Supported to Contain Ebola Virus Disease

30 June 2014

Community Health Volunteers Freetown, 30 June 2014 -- Kailahun district is the most affected district according to data from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS). 81.4% of the 199 confirmed cases are from Kailahun District as of 29th June 2014.A District Taskforce for Ebola response is headed by the Kailahun District Council Chairperson Mr Alex Bhonapha who is assisted by the District Medical Officer James Squire. The taskforce meets daily to coordinate Ebola prevention and control strategies. The sub committees for Ebola…


Ministry of Health and Partners including WHO Visit Ebola Affected Districts of Kailahun and Kenema

28 June 2014

The delegation being briefed by MSF at the Ebola Treatment Site in Kailahun The Minister of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), Ms Miatta Kargbo conducted field visits to Kenema and Kailahun Districts on 28 June to assess the Ebola outbreak response activities in the districts. The Minister undertook the visit together with the WHO Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr Jacob Mufunda, and senior officials of MoHS including the Chief Medical Officer and a team of Directors and Managers from the Ministry. The media and civil society also formed part of the team. The delegation…

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