Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 October 2014
With thousands of unconfirmed Ebola deaths the government of Sierra Leone is covering up and its continuing ignoble policy of under-reporting new cases, the long awaited British military ship – RFA Argus arrived today in Freetown, carrying aid, supplies and off-road vehicles to take the fight to Ebola.
This latest contingent of British support for the people of Sierra Leone is bound to bring much psychological relief to millions of Sierra Leoneans. The war on Ebola has just began.
The World Bank Media Centre
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 October 2014
The World Bank Group has today announced an additional $100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response, to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa.
The announcement increases the World Bank Group’s funding for the Ebola fight over the last three months in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to more than $500 million.
In recent weeks, West African and global development leaders have appealed for a massive coordinated reinforcement of international health teams to the three countries in order to contain the epidemic.
The health workers are needed to treat and care for patients, boost local health capacity, manage Ebola treatment centers, and resume essential health services for non-Ebola conditions.
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 October 2014
Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans living in London were on the streets of the capital today, marching with placards and calling for more to be done to save lives in Sierra Leone, where unofficial estimates put the total number of those killed by the virus in the last seven months to over 3,000.
But the government is denying the true extent of the Ebola disaster, which many in Sierra Leone say has been exacerbated by government’s sloppiness, denial and incompetence.
The country’s ministry of health and sanitation says that the total number of Ebola deaths since May, 2014 is 1,049.
But according to the newly formed National Ebola Response Centre, which is led by the military, over 300 bodies have been buried in Freetown alone in the last one week, once again prompting accusations of massive cover-up by government officials.
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 October 2014
Having thrown everything at Ebola – including the kitchen sink, president Koroma was yesterday described by pro-government media as “looking very tired and losing his pop idol looks”.
But a real commander in chief is never ruffled by the enemy, let alone worried about piling up the wrinkles and grey hair, under the strain of leadership.
The president may be down on the canvass, but he doesn’t seem ready to throw in the towel just yet, in total submission.
He is believed to be contemplating military style tactics and precision, in delivering his killer blow on Ebola. Will it work?
John Baimba Sesay – China
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 October 2014
I submitted recently that, the stigma attached to the Ebola Virus Disease is an enemy within that will take months or years to overcome.
I argued that until, particularly the western media can see the need to also present the positives in terms of Africa’s growth, they will never focus on ‘the other side of the continent’ – if all they care about is their ‘raw materials’ of war, poverty, famine, and health hazards.
My argument was based on the premise that since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, not only have the affected nations been portrayed by a section of the international media as nations with no future and with broken hopes, but ones with explicit mistrust between those running state affairs and those upon who’s behalf the affairs of state is managed.
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 October 2014
‘Sierra Leone’s new Ebola Czar and chief executive of the country’s National Ebola Response Centre – Major Palo Conteh (Photo) is being groomed to take over the running of the country, with threats of the economy and community life collapsing under the weight of Ebola, becoming ever more real.’
That is the open secret, now doing the rounds in the corridors of State House in Freetown.
And as the world awaits the publication of the latest Sierra Leone Ebola statistics update, there are rumours that the new head of the country’s National Ebola Response Centre – former head of the army – Major Palo Conteh, has not only toppled the country’s minister of health in the war against Ebola, but has taken full control of Ebola information management, as well as the manipulation and dissemination of data.
In a statement delivered at the handing over ceremony of new ambulances brought into the country by the World Bank, the ‘now all powerful’ Major Palo Conteh announced that the country’s minister of health is no longer responsible for managing the Ebola crisis.