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Sierra Leone News: As travel ban lifted… Ebola infection spikes up in Salone

Honorable Foday Rado YokiAs smiles started to form crescent on the faces of Sierra Leoneans given the single digit new Ebola cases at the end of 2014, the country has again top the three Ebola affected countries of the Mano River Basin in the start of 2015.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the New Year, the Ebola virus disease has surged to 120 new cases in the three countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone with the latter recording the highest, recorded as eighty (80).
On Wednesday, 4th February 2015, Sierra Leone recorded a total of 21 new confirmed cases and yesterday, Thursday, 5th February 2015, it recorded 13 new cases. Many are blaming the sudden upsurge to the lifting of the quarantine across the country.
Last month, President Ernest Bai Koroma announced the lifting of inter-district movement restrictions at a time when the country was experiencing a considerable drop in Ebola infection cases in the country.
Early this week, member of the Minority Party in Parliament, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Hon. Foday Rado Yokie representing Constituency 068 (Bo District) condemned the decision, describing it as “premature”. He predicted that such a decision would derail gains already achieved in the fight against Ebola.
Speaking to Awoko yesterday in a phone interview, Hon. Yokie maintained his earlier position that must President Koroma revert his decision and reinforce the inter-district movement restriction the Ebola fight can be put to its final rest.
According to a video posted on BBC African News online (http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31140987), UN Special Envoy, Dr. David Nabarro said “it’s been very good to see the week-to-week reduction of cases in the past few weeks; to see this relatively small rise is a concern,” he stated.
Nabarro said, “We didn’t expect that there would be a smooth end of the outbreak; we knew that there would be flare-ups because we are dealing with lots of smaller outbreaks in an area the size of Britain,” he explained.
Meanwhile, WHO has emphasized the need to step up efforts before the start of the April-May rainy season, when downpours can block roads and make it difficult for health teams to travel across the country.
Friday February 06, 2015

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