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Sierra Leone News: 15 Health Personnel die of EBOLA

Over 15 Health Personnel, including porters have died from the EBOLA virus.
Sister Teresa Boima, from the Disease Prevention and Control Programme in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation revealed that from the 687 suspected cases, 346 laboratory tests were confirmed positive, and 110 have died from the virus of which 15 were serving health personnel.
The Western Area, Disease Surveillance Officer explained that it was sad to lose colleagues and extend condolences to the respective families.
However Sister Boima emphasised the need for continuous, improved sensitization and education of all frontline staff, as well as communities on the high risk of the deadly viral.
She stressed the importance of surveillance and contact tracing, especially active surveillance which if done on a regular basis, will help reduce the spread of the EBOLA virus.
Sister Boima, also advised that health personnel be educated on the proper use of the personal protective equipment, which must be handled with great care, when using it.
She said health personnel should take extra precaution when putting the safety clothing on and when taking it off after use, as that is the time when safety comes first.
By Ade Campbell
Tuesday July 15, 2014

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