As of today, 4 April 2014, there are NO laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The Ministry of Health & Sanitation is closely collaborating with the World Health Organization and Metabiota to provide rapid diagnostics and case investigations by MOHS personnel.
In order to effectively manage this emergency The MOHS has established National Outbreak Response task force and the following actions have been taken in response to the potential for spread of the epidemic:
* The office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is coordinating all operations involving suspected cases of Ebola as well as the follow-up investigation.
* Active surveillance of suspected cases meeting the WHO case definition for either Ebola or Lassa fever is ongoing and on an as-needed basis.
* National Taskforce biweekly meetings are being held, bringing together all senior officials of national and international health institutions to provide them with relevant information in real time.
* The MOHS, the UN, foreign governments, NGOs and other National and International stakeholders are currently positioning support funds and other resources to aid in sensitization, distribution of PPE and care guidelines, educational campaigns by radio and television, and other support.
* The MOHS has established a central reporting "hotline" for the reporting of suspected VHF cases.
* Radio and television "jingles" have been developed in local languages to sensitize the community to this disease.
* Daily press conferences are being held by the MOHS to inform the public and prevent panic initiated by the spread of rumors.