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Sierra Leone News: FCC commemorates end of Ebola and disease victims

Exactly two years ago yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of the Ebola virus disease crisis at a well attended celebration held at the Freetown International Conference Centre. On 7th November 2018, a memorial service was held at the Kingtom Cemetery. In Sierra Leone, there were 14,061 confirmed cases and 3,955 confirmed deaths. Many of the dead were buried at the Kingtom Cemetery. Two of those who survived the disease were Aminata Kargbo and Yusuf Kabba, who is the president of the Ebola survivors organization. Kargbo said she has not received a cent since the government promised to give them a reparation package. Kabba said in spite of the fact that government has included them in the free health scheme they are yet to get any proper attention when they go to hospitals. The Ebola victims president disclosed that more than 60 Ebola survivors have recently died.  Minister of Local Government, Philip Tondoneh, said Ebola does not exist. “Those 4,000 Sierra Leoneans who died, died of sicknesses such as malaria, typhoid, and suffocation from chlorine,” the Minister said. Ebola is an infectious and frequently fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus (Ebola virus). The first laboratory confirmed case of Ebola was registered on 24 May 2014 in the east of Sierra Leone. The Country Director of Concern Worldwide, Sofia Goinhas, said they have made sure that families of Ebola victims are able to identify the graves of their lost ones. Initially, graves for Ebola victims were unmarked and haphazardly dug in the midst of the jungle at the Kingtom Cemetery. As the disease progressed and the numbers of victims grew, Concern supplied the gravediggers with shovels, boots and cutlasses to clear the undergrowth. Goinhas said all the graves were being named and marked for the person who was buried.

SKS/7/11/18

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay (Intern)

Thursday November 08, 2018.

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