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In order to facilitate and fast-track Ebola response, the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone yesterday handed over 20 motorbikes to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) at the Medical Stores complex. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Zhao Yanbo, said the gesture is to compliment Sierra Leone’s Government as they[…]

The Aberdeen Women’s Centre located at Aberdeen in the West of the capital city, recently screened over 500 pregnant women of five months duration outside their facility at Aberdeen. The Program Manager of the Aberdeen Women’s Centre, Augustine Kosia, said that the AWC has a mandate to help women and children of Sierra Leone, by[…]

A German nongovernmental organisation Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (DWHH) has provided an intensive training for coastal commuinity leaders on the prevention and control of the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Over two hundred commuinty leaders and some police personel particpated in the training which was held at the Tombo Commuinity Center focusing on social mobilisation[…]

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health, Drs Samura Kamara and Abu Bakar Fofanah have praised the Chinese Government support in developing our health care system, by constructing a fixed lab at Jui hospital that should be completed next February. In a short inspection tour at Jui hospital, both ministers together with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo[…]

The Bandajuma Case Management Centre in Bo District has discharged a total of 232 survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since its inception in September 2014. The centre started operations sometime in September, 2014 when the virus was started getting toll on the district and has so far admitted a total of 439 patients from all over the country. From the 439 patients, 140 came from Bo District alone and 93 coming from the Western Rural and Urban Areas of Freetown. 111 patients came from Port Loko, Tonkolili and Koinadugu districts in the north amounting for 49, 40 and 22 patients respectively. Moyamba District in the Southern region sent in 86 patients while the remaining 10 patients came in from other districts. The Bo District Medical Officer (DMO), Alhaji Dr Seynou [...]
It has been revealed that the Burial Teams of the Bo Sierra Leone Red Cross Society and the World Vision Burial Teams buried 597 corpses in the months of November and December at the Christ the King College (CKC) cemetery in Bo, 80% of corpses are said to have originated from the central Chiefdom, Kakua. This was revealed by the Bo Command Center's Sierra Leone Armed Forces Assistance Burial Team Officer, Lieutenant Fillie. The burials he further explained, occurred between the 17th November and 19th December, 2014. He however stated that not all of the deceased died of the Ebola virus disease. He disclosed that 94% of the deaths in Bo city included in the total burials are Ebola related, according to the District Medical Officer, Dr. Seynou Turay at a press conference held at [...]
As the management of Network of HIV Positive in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS) complained about ARV Drug stock-out for HIV/AIDS patients in the country, the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) argued there are drugs in store, but that they were faced with distribution problems to the various Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) across the various districts. According to the Executive Director of NETHIPS, Idrissa Songo, the issue of drug stock-out is very critical in their operation especially ARV drugs, explaining that drug stock-out simply means when someone goes to get a drug in a Centre and it is not available either in its entirety or the quantity a person needs is in short in supply which has critical implications including financial, people will go without medication, as research has shown [...]
Partners in Health (PIH) warns that years of economic progress and social development in Sierra Leone are eroding as the Ebola outbreak continues to spread across the country. The report from Sierra Leone's Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among other partners is what Partners in Health are working with to help the country eradicate Ebola and develop its health sector to combat other sickness in the future. After having emerged from a decade-long civil war, Sierra Leone was home to one of the world's fastest-growing economies with a gross domestic product (GDP )that expanded 20 percent annually in recent years. The new report predicts a sharp decline in economic growth, down to 5 percent, and warns that academic [...]
Budget Advocacy Network, a consortium of civil society organization and non-governmental organizations yesterday held a validation workshop on the assessment and mandate of the processes of disbursement of funds from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. In his statement, the Co-ordinator Child Health Now, World Vision, Jeremiah Sawyerr, started by giving a brief history of the consortium, where they started until where they are now. He said that they have been working as a team for the past three to four years and they are still working together. He added that in 2011, all other NGO's in the consortium were working together for Sierra Leone to obtain MDG 3 and 4 as they have been working on the Budget tracking for the past [...]
As Sierra Leone rides on the wheels of Ebola, a feeling of doom and gloom is evident this Christmas. No apology though, for starting this Christmas cracker on a down beat note. It has to be this way because Ebola has ebbed into this nation's daily routine of activities both at the national and individual/private level thereby removing the radiance of the season. For half a year now everything has fulcrum around Ebola as the country walks on a tight rope over the Ebola gorge. Many a soul has fallen over, and in family groups at that, as they cling to one another for support. Death is in the air resulting from family love which all would wish had stayed in the air instead. A popular phrase used by statesmen and others is: 'the good news is.' This phrase is uttered, in a bid to [...]