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Australia supports Ebola Fight with $1M through World Health Organization The...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:02
Australia supports Ebola Fight with $1M through World Health Organization

The Government of Australia is providing the sum of One Million United States Dollars through the World Health Organization as additional support to fight the Ebola Virus. This is in addition to an annual 20 million dollars support the Australian Government provides to the WHO for Emergency Health issues.

This was disclosed to Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh by the Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Ambassador Frances Adamson, during a call on her by the former to brief her about the health challenge, the Ebola Virus Disease, currently ravaging three of four Mano River Union Countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and to seek further support from her Home Government.

Speaking, the Australian Ambassador said, following a request by Ambassador Foh to meet and discuss a range of issues including the current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, she informed her Home Office about the said request. It was at the said meeting held Thursday 14th August that the Ambassador got a communication via email, from her Home Government telling her that as a Government, Australia was making an additional contribution of One Million United States Dollars, through the World Health Organization in Geneva, specifically to fight the Ebola outbreak, in addition to the Twenty Million Dollars annual support they give to WHO for Health Emergency purposes.

The lady Ambassador was pleased to give credit to Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh for such positive development which came following Ambassador Foh’s request for the meeting. She further pledged, on behalf of her Government, continued support to Sierra Leone.

Ambassador Frances Adamson also expressed Australia’s condolences to the Government and people of Sierra Leone following the deaths of hundreds of Sierra Leoneans following the Ebola outbreak. The International Community, she said, has a role in tackling the health challenge in the countries affected and that as a nation, Australia will do her best to support through the WHO.

Speaking earlier, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh informed his counterpart from Australia that both Sierra Leone and Australia share a lot in common since they both are members of the Commonwealth of Nations and have same colonial similarities.

Ambassador Foh briefed her that three of four countries in the MRU are now faced with a serious health challenge regarding the EVD. “As part of the International Community, I see the need to reach out to you and keep you informed and seek your support during this challenging moment” he said. He briefed his Australian counterpart in Beijing on measures the Government of Sierra Leone has put in place to fight the Virus.

Ambassador Foh also used the meeting to thank the Australian Government, through its Mission in Beijing, for the support given to Sierra Leone during and after her civil war when many Sierra Leoneans went and settled in Australia. "I hope and pray that those of our citizens in your country will continue to abide by the laws of your country.”

Responding to the One Million Dollars support by the Australian Government, Ambassador Foh said, he was "grateful for this timely intervention through the WHO."

The Sierra Leone Envoy used the opportunity to thank the Government of the People's Republic of China for the additional 10 million Yuan ($1.6m) worth of medical equipment given as support to Sierra Leone. "Let me use this and any other available opportunity, to thank the Government of the People's Republic of China for their continued support to Sierra Leone in particular and the Sub-Region generally for their continued and timely support to fight the Ebola Virus Disease”

In similar vein, Ambassador Foh has met with the Ambassadors of Thailand and Indonesia on diverse dates to further strengthen the already existing diplomatic ties between those countries and Sierra Leone and further updated them on the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone.

Australia, Indonesia and Thailand are amongst eleven countries the Sierra Leone Ambassador in China is accredited to, in the Southeast Asia Pacific.

John Baimba Sesay
Information/Press Attaché
Sierra Leone Embassy-Beijing
+8613701206875

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Release 19/8/2014 Ebola outbreak upd...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 19/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 19August 2014, we have a total of 220 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 0.

No figures from the laboratory in Kailahun District

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 312 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 778 with Kailahun 401, Kenema 280; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 28; Pujehun 3; Bo 24; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 20; Western Area Rural 4. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 52 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 58 and suspected deaths is 5

His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma paid a visit to the construction site of the new Ebola treatment center in Kerry town, Western Area today to assess the work done by the contractor so far in constructing the treatment center. The contractor assured His Excellency the President that the construction of center will be completed in three weeks

A new laboratory provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has arrived in Sierra Leone and now in Kenema for installation. Components of another laboratory provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) have also arrived from South Africa and currently been installed at Lakka, the remaining components are expected in country on Friday, according to the WHO

Justice Sallaymatu Koroma has donated ten million Leones to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as her contribution in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- 117 (Toll free)

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:53
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 18/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 18 August 2014, we have a total of 219 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 3, all from Kenema District.

No figures from the laboratory in Kailahun District

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 305 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 778 with Kailahun 401, Kenema 280; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 28; Pujehun 3; Bo 24; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 20; Western Area Rural 4. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 35 and suspected deaths is 5

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:16
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 17/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 17August 2014, we have a total of 215 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 18: Kailahun 12, Kenema 4 and Western Area 2.

The figures recorded for Kailahun are cumulative for the 14, 15 and 16th August, 2014

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 297 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 775 with Kailahun 401, Kenema 277; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 28; Pujehun 3; Bo 24; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 20; Western Area Rural 4. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 34 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 39 and suspected deaths is 5

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:35
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 16/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 16 August 2014, we have a total of 208 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 10: Kenema 3, Port Loko 2; Western Area 4 and Bo 1.

No Laboratory results were reported from Kailahun District so today’s report does not include figures from Kailahun

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 287 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 757 with Kailahun 389, Kenema 273; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 28; Pujehun 3; Bo 24; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 19; Western Area Rural 3. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 42 and suspected deaths is 5

Members of the Emergency Operations Center, comprising the representatives from the World Health Organization, UNICEF; Ministry of Health and Sanitation; Center for Disease Control (CDC); Public Health England; MSF and representatives from DFID made a joint visit to the Laka treatment center to validate the readiness of the center for the management of Ebola Cases in the Western Area. The Laka center would serve as a holding center and will be jointly managed by the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and the International Medical Corp (IMC), whose personnel are already in country. The team, while on their validation visit also met with stakeholders from the Laka community to resolve few issues raised by members of that community

Meanwhile, the Government of the United Kingdom has made a commitment to assist the Government of Sierra Leone in establishing the new treatment center at Kerry town.

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:59
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 15/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 15 August 2014, we have a total of 201 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged.

The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 13: Kenema 8, Port Loko 2; Western Area 2 and Moyamba 1.

No Laboratory results were reported from Kailahun District and as a result of that, today’s report does not include figures from Kailahun

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 280 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 747 with Kailahun 389, Kenema 270; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 26; Pujehun 3; Bo 23; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 15; Western Area Rural 3. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 39 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 37 and suspected deaths is 5

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SANITATION OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER PRESS...

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:22
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SANITATION
OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

PRESS RELEASE
Health Ministry Mourns Dr. Modupeh Cole
Freetown, Aug. 14, 014 (MOHS) - The Ministry of Health and Sanitation is expressing its condolence and sympathy to the bereaved family of the Late Physician Specialist Dr. Modupeh John Horatio Cole whose tragic death took place at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kailahun. His death came as a shock to the ministry, the government and the nation.
Born on 18th May, 1958, Dr. Cole joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on 1st February 1989 as a Medical Officer with a pleasant passion for work, and always ready to accept added responsibilities.
He attended the Kissy Rural Primary School from 1963 to 1970, the Methodist Boys High School from 1970 to 1975 where he attained his G.C.E. ‘O’ Level and Upper Sixth at the Prince of Wales School from 1975-1977.
Dr. Cole later proceeded to Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone from 1977-1981, graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) General, and at the Volgograd Medical Institute USSR, from 1982-1988 as a Medical Doctor, and at the Volgograd Academy from 1999-2002 where he did his post graduate in Internal Medicine.
He got his present substantive post as Physician Specialist in April 2004, and until his death worked on engagement in the clinical in patients and outpatients care, training medical staff, did research, worked at the Connaught Hospital Intensive Care Unit, the Annex and other units at the Connaught hospital.
Other qualifications include Certificates in Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Administration, Public Health, HIV/AIDS treatment, and several other courses.
He also worked at Sierra Rutile, the Kamakwe Wesleyan Hospital, Rogbane Community Health Clinic in Makeni, and a study at Marie Stopes.
The late man for his excellent mental judgment in the performance of his duties, and his commitment and dedication to service before his death, also gained him the position of Senior Registrar. He is survived by his wife and three children.
JAK/KK/MOHS

Deputy Health Minister lauds China for continued support, Advocates for more ass...

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:16
Deputy Health Minister lauds China for continued support, Advocates for more assistance to fight Ebola
Freetown, Aug. 15, 014 (MOHS) - The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has lauded the Chinese Government for its continued support to the government and people of Sierra Leone.
Expressing the Ministry’s appreciation on behalf of the government and people of Sierra Leone for the donation of medical aids worth over $1 million at the training workshop for local doctors and nurses by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control held at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown, Dr. Fofanah described the training as timely and resourceful for front line health workers in the fight against the Ebola deadly disease.
He described the growing trend of the epidemic as challenging noting that the only affected district as of August 14, 2014 is the Koinadugu in the north, with the country now experiencing a death rate of over 200 and a cumulative number of confirmed cases of over 700.
Dr. Fofanah highlighted some of the major challenges in the fight and the urgent need for a treatment centre in Makeni to cover the north, 24 ambulances, 36 pick-up vehicles to cover the entire districts, and training for additional Contact Tracers among other key issues.
He encouraged the doctors and nurses to take the training seriously, noting that they would be used as a catalyst to train their colleague professionals.
The Economic Chancellor, Chinese Embassy Sierra Leone, Zon Xiao Ming reiterated his government’s commitment to assist Sierra Leone in the fight to eliminate the Ebola virus in the country, adding that this is the second group of public health experts sent to Sierra Leone to train professional nurses and doctors, hoping that the training would go a long way to help contain the epidemic.
He disclosed that more Chinese Experts are due in Freetown to assist their local counterparts and colleague Chinese medical officers in the country on Sunday August 17, 2014.
Highlights on the training climaxed the occasion.
JAK/KK/MOHS

Tribute to another Fallen Medico, Dr. Modupeh John Horatio Cole By Jonathan Abas...

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:10
Tribute to another Fallen Medico, Dr. Modupeh John Horatio Cole
By Jonathan Abass Kamara PRO-MOHS
Sierra Leone as a nation mourns again another fallen medico hero, Senior Physician Specialist attached to the country’s major tertiary hospital, ‘Connaught’, in the event of trying to save a life.
Born on 18th May 1958, a product of the Kissy Rural Primary and the Methodist Boys High School and the Prince of Wales Secondary School, the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone where he graduated with a BSc General degree and later proceeded to the Volgograd Medical Institute USSR in 1982, and the Academy in 1999, graduated as a Medical Officer and Post Graduate Officer in Internal Medicine. Dr. Cole got his first appointment in the Ministry of Health, 1st February 1989, and promoted to the position of Senior Physician, 1st April, 2004.
The death of Dr. Cole shows us how we can find ways to climb out of the holes the Ebola virus may have dug for ourselves as a nation and move towards a more galvanize, successful and fulfilling future in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. His 25 years in medical practice to compile a sensible, practical and effective solution to the problems of the outbreak is gone forever. A lot of us can harbour a death-wish beneath but that was not in the case of Dr. Cole.
Cracking our usual jokes on academia, he used to proudly trumpet his Methodist Boys High School Motto: “ Laboramus Expectante”, and “Forward”, for the Prince of Wales School, reiterating his commitment to marching forward, and to labour and expect.
What appeals to me most, and to the family and colleagues is about his untimely death and its relevance to all of us. Dr. Modupeh John Cole’s death not only makes us more conscious of the tragic death of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and the deaths of over 30 nurses, and the urgency and responsibility which calls for a reflection of the consequences of relentless and unremitting strain on the thousands of health workers across the country and the nation at large.
There is the belief that ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’, and that part of this resilience necessarily means being edgy. The going is now getting tough and government must accept the challenge to act tough now that the country’s leadership is at the fore-front of the battle.
Our Friendship
I first met Dr. Cole in Makeni when I was Nothern Province Chief of Bureau of the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), while he was working at the Rogbane Community Clinic Makeni and at the Wesleyan Hospital at Kamakwe in the Bombali district. His relationship with the public and colleagues always cordial, and had pleasant passion for work, and an excellent mental judgment in the performance of his duties.
Before his death, Dr. Cole was my family doctor. As Head of the family, we missed him and sympathized with the bereaved family and relatives. One other person I believe seriously affected by the loss of this great hero is the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo because I met both of them working intimately at the Rogbane Clinic in Makeni as brothers when I joined the partnership.
We love him but God loves him most.
He is survived by his wife and three children.
Rest in Peace.

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:48
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 14/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 14 August 2014, we have a total of 200 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases is 15: Kenema 1, Kailahun 11; Bo 1 and Western Area 2.

Figures reported today for Kailahun are cumulative figures for the 12 and 13 August as Kailahun figures did not come in on time yesterday to be added to the situation report

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 273 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 733 with Kailahun 389, Kenema 261; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 24; Pujehun 3; Bo 23; Moyamba 5; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 15; Western Area Rural 1. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 38 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 39 and suspected deaths is 5

The Bollore Africa Logistics, Sierra Leone has donated fifty million Leones (Le 50,000,000) to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as their contribution towards the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease. The Bollore Africa Logistics made the presentation to the Minister of Health and Sanitation this afternoon at the Emergency Operations Center in Freetown

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:45
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 13/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 13 August 2014, we have a total of 191 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases is 11: Kenema 9 and Port Loko 2.

The total number of cumulative number of death is 264 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 717 with Kailahun 378, Kenema 259; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 24; Pujehun 3; Bo 22; Moyamba 5; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 13; Western Area Rural 1. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 46 and suspected deaths is 5

The Presidential Task Force chaired by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has been expanded to include Development Partners, Political Parties; the Sierra Leone Bar Association; House of Parliament and Civil Societies. The Presidential Task Force met today at the State House where the President reminded the partners about the funding gap in the National Strategic Response plans and urged all partners to meet their commitments made to speed up the implementation of the Response plan. .

The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has rolled out a strategy to strengthen the EOCs at national and district level. To this end, the composition of the EOC at national level has been reconstituted and downsized for effective national coordination, decision making and leadership. Accordingly, the EOCs at district levels have also been strengthened with the deployment of senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation head office to be based in specific districts to coordinate and provide support to the district EOCs.

The EOC also decided that the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1 Dr. Abu Bakar Fofanah be deployed to Kenema to help strengthen the coordination of EOC operations. In addition, two senior Directors have also been deployed to Port Loko and Bo districts to provide similar functions.

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Release 12/8/2014 Ebola outbreak upd...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:49
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 12/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 12 August 2014, we have a total of 184 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases is 21: Kailahun 2, Kenema 15; Bombali 1; Port Loko 2 and Tonkolili 1.

The total number of cumulative number of death is 259 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 703 with Kailahun 378, Kenema 250; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 22; Pujehun 3; Bo 22; Moyamba 4; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 11; Western Area Rural 1. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 38 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 39 and suspected death is 5

The World Health Organization has approved the use of the unregistered intervention for Ebola in the three Ebola affected Mano River Union Countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Emergency Operations Center has written a formal letter to the Director General of the WHO to request for the drugs and to ascertain the number of doses available to the country.

The Indian Mercantile Association has donated 500 bucket sets with attached taps and basins to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as their contribution towards the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, meanwhile World Vision Sierra Leone also donated three hundred million Leones to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on behalf of World Vision International as their contribution in the war against the Ebola Virus Diseases. World Vision also informed the Ministry of Health and Sanitation that it is in the process of procuring protective gears to be supplied to front line health workers in health facilities across the country.

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com
Mobile:- +23276913000

Freetown, 11 August 2014 – President Ernest Bai Koroma made his third visit to t...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:30
Freetown, 11 August 2014 – President Ernest Bai Koroma made his third visit to the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the WHO Country Office in Freetown today 11 August. The President last visited the Centre on Saturday 9 August. In today’s visit the President participated in the daily meeting where he received briefing by the Minister of Health and Sanitation Ms Miatta Kargbo and the EOC body on the decisions, required actions and measures agreed upon by the EOC members as well as progress and challenges in the response. Some of the highlights of the discussions included capacity building of staff including the burial teams, nurses to ensure sustainability and contact tracing. The President was informed about the involvement of independent monitors to evaluate and verify effectiveness of the ongoing interventions and identify gaps. Management of checkpoints by the security apparatus, logistics and supplies and quantification of support provided by the international community to the response since the outbreak was discussed.



The President stated that he was at the Centre to “have a feel of the discussions and operations of the EOC”. He reiterated that the EOC being the “heart” of the response operations, should be “up and about” and should continue with 24 hours operations including the call centres. He expressed the urgency for result oriented actions of the ongoing interventions. “In this process there should not be any leakage he added. However, President Koroma stated that he was “disappointed with the response of the international community” to the outbreak noting that he has had frank discussions with world leaders about his “disappointment”. This expressed the need for additional international experts to assist with the outbreak.



As part of the briefing, Dr Jacob Mufunda WHO Country Representative informed the President of WHO’s role in the recruitment and deployment of international experts stating that plans are underway for the deployment of some Ugandan doctors and nurses in the country. He also highlighted ongoing trainings of burial teams and contact tracers across the country. Funding status and planned financial and logistical support were also clarified. Dr Mufunda also confirmed that two additional laboratories for the diagnosis of Ebola would be functional by the end of next week.



The EOC is the leading coordinating structure in the Ebola outbreak response. The President reassured the body of his full support for the Centre and reiterated that the Centre should be independent of external and political influence. The outcome of the meetings of the Centre forms the bases of decisions at the Presidential taskforce, the inter-ministerial committees and at the District taskforce levels.

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:31
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 11/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 11 August 2014, we have a total of 181 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases is 10: Kailahun 2, Kenema 4; Bo 1 and Port Loko 3.

The total number of cumulative number of death is 254 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 683 with Kailahun 376, Kenema 235; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 6; Tonkolili 1; Port Loko 20; Pujehun 3; Bo 22; Moyamba 4; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 11; Western Area Rural 1. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 39 and suspected death is 5

A plane load of equipment and medical consumables has arrived at the Lungi International Airport from the People’s Republic of China. The items on board the cargo plane are additional donations from the Chinese government to the Government and the People of Sierra Leone in the fight against the Ebola disease. The Chinese Government in the early stages of the outbreak donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Health Ministry as their initial response in helping the Government of Sierra Leone fight against this deadly disease.

The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has today disbursed additional funds to all the thirteen District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), thirteen District Hospitals and the three Treatment Centers amounting to Seven billion, nine hundred and sixty-nine million, two hundred thousand and fifteen Leones (7, 969, 200,015) for implementation of various activities relating to the containment of Ebola in their respective districts. The funds are to finance activities for training, staff incentives, contact tracing and surveillance activities, among others.

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
National level - Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control: dpcsurveillance@gmail.com

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 09:55
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 11/8/2014

The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has disbursed funds to the District Health Management Teams (DHMT), Hospitals and treatment centers to continue enhancing their management and operational capabilities in fighting the Ebola Virus Disease. These funds will cover activities relating to the running of the treatment centers, incentives for health workers, training; surveillance and contact tracing among others. The disbursements are as follows:

District Budget Summary (Leones)

District DHMT Hospital Treatment Center Total
Kailahun 259,500,000 136,800,000 112,800,000 509,l00,015
Kenema 250,500,000 160,800,000 112,800,000 524,100,000
Western
Area 279,300,000 754,800,000 106,800,0001,140,900,000
Bombali 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Bo 250,500,000 160,800,000 411,300,000
Port Loko 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Moyamba 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Pujehun 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Tonkolili 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Bonthe 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Kono 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Kambia 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000
Koinadug 437,400,000 160,800,000 598,200,000

Total 4,976,400,000 2,660,400,000 332,400,0007,969,200,015

Detailed activities breakdown and costs will be provided later for public knowledge and information.

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Press Re...

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:45
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 10/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 10 August 2014, we have a total of 181 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases is 16: Kailahun 2, Kenema 11; Bo 2 and Bombali 1.

The total number of cumulative confirmed cases is 673 with Kailahun 374, Kenema 231; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 6; Tonkolili 1; Port Loko 17; Pujehun 3; Bo 21; Moyamba 4; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 11; Western Area Rural 1. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 37 and suspected death is 5

Ebola Viral Disease Situation Report – Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
For more information please contact – District Health Management Team at District level
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Freetown, 9 August 2014 – The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr Ernes...

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:31
Freetown, 9 August 2014 – The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, on Saturday, visited the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone. This is the second visit of the President in 10 days. He made true his promise during his first visit on 31 July that he would be following up on the emergency response activities of the EOC.
President Koroma enquired about various response structures including the treatment centres, the laboratories, contact tracing, the emergency call centres, the current status of stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and the training needs of the response personnel during his visit
The President expressed strong interest in the establishment of two additional treatment centres in the Western Area covering the capital city and its suburbs and another in the north to strategically locate treatment facilities for ease of access. He mentioned that there is an ongoing negotiation by Dr Margaret Chan the WHO Director General, for the establishment of an additional laboratory for the confirmation of cases. Currently, tests are conducted in two laboratories in Kailahun and Kenema which are the two epicentres of the outbreak. However the rapid spread of the disease to other parts of the country has necessitated the urgent need for additional treatment centres and laboratories to minimize the time for the laboratory confirmation of tests and transfer of confirmed cases (patients) to Kenema and Kailahun both of which are located far away from other parts of the country.
During the briefing session, Dr Jacob Mufunda, WHO Country Representative updated the President on progress and challenges that are being experienced by the EOC as well as by the field teams. He stated that there are currently a stockpile of 30,000 PPEs that are enough for more than two months use. He further informed the President of plans by the Chinese government to provide additional 50,000 PPEs in the coming week.
Meanwhile Dr Bannet Ndyanabangi, UNFPA Country Representative further informed the President of the ongoing training of 900 contact tracers to monitor people that have been exposed to the virus through infected relatives or family members or through other means. He noted that the plan is for each district to have at least 100 contact tracers.
The President visited the 24 Hour Emergency Call Centre within the EOC work station where he received briefing on the operations of the facility. There were more than 10 emergency hotline telephone operators on one of the 3 eight hourly duty rosters at the time of the visit. The President was informed of the flow chart of queries raised by callers through the toll free numbers and the relay of information to the district surveillance officers who are accountable for triggering of required interventions. There is feedback to and from the caller about the outcome of the request. The President expressed satisfaction with the operation of the call centre.
The EOC is the leading coordination centre in the Ebola outbreak response. The body meets every day to discuss the overall national Interventions, progress in the response, resource and logistical needs, as well as gaps and challenges at the national level. The meetings are attended mainly by top management of the Ministry of Health including the Minister who chairs the meetings, and heads of local and international response partners including the United Nations agencies, Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and other partners. The meetings are co-chaired by the WHO Country Representative.