FREETOWN, Oct 28 (Reuters) – In a stifling room in a sports
stadium in Freetown, a dozen young people watch intently as
three British soldiers show them how to put on several layers of
protective clothing needed to enter an Ebola treatment centre
They are training to be hygienists to help treat victims of
the hemorrhagic fever that has gripped Sierra Leone, as well as
neighbouring Liberia and Guinea. The outbreak has killed some
5,000 people and threatens to infect tens of thousands more in
the coming weeks.
FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has tripled the number of safe burials of Ebola victims in the past week and the challenge now is to expand that coordination across the country, U.S. envoy Samantha Power, said on Monday during a visit to West Africa.
Nearly 5,000 people have died in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia during the worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever on record with many people contracting the disease from touching the highly infectious dead bodies of Ebola victims. Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person and is not airborne.
CONAKRY/LIBERIA, Oct 27 (Reuters) – High school
teacher Fanta Oulen Camara spent two weeks in March fighting for
her life against the deadly Ebola virus but her darkest days
came after she was cured of the disease and returned to her home
“Most of my friends stopped visiting. They didn’t speak to
me. They avoided me,” the 24-year-old said. “I wasn’t allowed to
CONAKRY (Reuters) – The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, arrived in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday on a mission to see first hand how the global response is failing to stop the deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa.
Power, who will also visit Sierra Leone and Liberia, said
she hopes to gain a better understanding of what resources are missing so she can push other countries to offer more help.