Sierra Leone: Good news from Ebola-gripped Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The discharge of the last Ebola patient from Sierra Leone's Kailahun district, where the first case of the disease was recorded 25 May 2014, has further heightened hopes that the increase in incidence of the disease in the country is slowing down.

PANA reported Monday that District Medical Officer of Kailahun James Squire over the weekend announced the discharge of the last Ebola patient from the District's case management centre.

In more good news from one of the three West African states worst hit by the deadly disease, the Kailahun district has recorded zero infection for several weeks.

Sierra Leone has recorded the highest cases of Ebola out of the three most-affected countries that also included Liberia and Guinea, where the current outbreak originated in January 2014.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Sierra Leone has recorded 8,356 cases, followed by Liberia with 7,797 and Guinea with 2,416.

However, Liberia has recorded the highest number of deaths, at 3,290, followed by Sierra Leone at 2,085 and Guinea at 1,525.

Altogether, the disease has claimed 6,915 lives in the three countries as well as in Mali, Nigeria and the US.

Earlier this month, the WHO announced ''an ominous spike'' in Ebola cases from the remote diamond district of Kono in eastern Sierra Leone, bordering Guinea.

However, the global health body joined forces with the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Center (NERC) and Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to sound the alarm and rally all-comers in a massive build up to contain this burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

“Our team met heroic doctors and nurses at their wits end, exhausted burial teams and lab techs, all doing the best they could but they simply ran out of resources and were overrun with gravely ill people,” explains Dr Olu Olushayo, WHO National Coordinator, Ebola Epidemic Response.
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22 december 2014 10:23:12

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