Overwhelmed west Africa escalates Ebola response

Sunday, September 21, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Rod Mac Johnson
Sept. 21, 2014

Freetown (AFP) – West Africa intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, with Sierra Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and Liberia announcing 1,000 hospital beds.

The outbreak has killed more than 2,600 people in the countries and neighbouring Guinea this year, cutting a swathe through entire villages at the epicentre and prompting warnings over possible economic catastrophe.

Most of Sierra Leone’s six million people were confined to their homes for a third straight day Sunday, with only essential workers such as health professionals and security forces exempt.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Sarian Kamara said the authorities had received thousands of calls but only a handful of new patients in the Western Area covering Freetown and its surroundings.

“We were… able to confirm new cases which, had they not been discovered, would have greatly increased transmission,” she said.

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