Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone prepares to mark end of Ebola

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone, worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, is preparing to mark the end of Ebola transmission, if no new case of the virus is recorded, PANA reported Thursday, quoting the World Health Organization (WHO).

On 7 Nov. 2015, barring any new case, Sierra Leone will have met the criteria set by WHO for declaring the end of Ebola transmission.

On that day, all things being equal, the WHO will declare the end of Ebola transmission in Sierra Leone, at an event to be organised by the Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).

According to a WHO advisory sent to PANA, the declaration will take place at a formal ceremony at the Bintumani Conference Centre, Bintumani Hotel, in Aberdeen, Freetown and will be attended by President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone.

Other key government officials expected at the ceremony are local government and traditional authorities, religious leaders, heads of political parties, members of the international community, healthcare and Ebola response workers and non-governmental organizations, the press and representatives of civil society.

PANA reports that Sierra Leone has recorded the highest cases of Ebola disease at over 14,000 cases, followed by Liberia (over 10,000) and Guinea (nearly 4,000).

However, the highest number of deaths has been recorded in Liberia (4,808), followed by Sierra Leone (3,955) and Guinea (2,536).

In September, Liberia was declared Ebola free for the second time, after the first declaration in May was followed by a resurgence of the disease six weeks later.
-0- PANA SEG 5Nov2015

05 november 2015 22:29:49

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