Ebola Continues to Spread in Sierra Leone

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

Kim Lewis
December 10, 2014

The Ebola virus continues to ravage Sierra Leone despite ongoing efforts by the government and international community to contain it. The country’s president has made the virus a top priority on his agenda, scaling down other projects that were to be implemented. He has also committed over $20 million (US) to fight the disease.

The international humanitarian organization ActionAid says it has been on the ground training volunteers to spread awareness of the disease and how to stop it from spreading.

ActionAid country director in Sierra Leone, Mohamed Silah says the Ebola crisis persists with the highest count of new cases reported to date in November.

“It was over 1,400 in just the month of November, and that was the highest in just a single month. Every day the numbers are increasing. There is no positive trend to see the numbers are decreasing,” explained Silah.

Even with the additional treatment facilities, labs, and the support of the international community, the virus continues to spread in major towns.

“Actually we have lost seven doctors, and even this week…two doctors have gotten infected. One is an Italian and, another one, a national is in the country and is being treated. So this is a very, very huge task for the health personnel,” said Silah. (As of December 10, 2014, 10 of the 11 Sierra Leonean doctors who have contracted the Ebola virus have died.)

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