Via Sierra Leone News Hunters: As Experts Arrive… More EBOLA Cases! Excerpt:
At the weekend, two new cases of Ebola had been reported by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. One in the Western Area, and the other in Kenema. Another unconfirmed case of Ebola was reported in Kono, as we went to press.
Against this backdrop, the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Jacob Mufunda has disclosed the arrival of 12 experts from WHO Inter Country Team on Ebola to assist the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the fight against the disease.
The team of experts are expected to be extremely busy on arrival, taking into consideration the recent escalation in the spread of the dreaded Ebola disease.
Addressing the National Task Force meeting in the Ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown, Dr. Mufunda said the 12-Man Team includes Data Management and Case Management Experts, an Anthropologist, and Epidemiologists among others.
He said 5,144 Personal Protective Equipment have been distributed to health facilities and additional gears have also been positioned and sent to the Kailahun and Kenema districts, adding that $150,000 is currently available to fund the ongoing emergency while plans are afoot to mobilize more resources.
The WHO Representative reiterated his organization’s commitment to boost health promotion as well as human resource development.
Giving his update, the UNICEF Representative, Roland Monasch reported the distribution of drugs and medical supplies and other emergency preparedness response medical items ahead of the cholera noting the rainy season is around.
Mr. Monasch told the meeting about his organization’s funding for the sensitization of Paramount Chiefs across the country, Orientation and training programmes for Media practitioners, District Social Mobilization Officers and the Councils, and pledged to give more support now that the country is on emergency response to contain the disease.