Via the Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone:
Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 26th July 2014, we have 116 cumulative number of survivors, 458 confirmed Ebola cases and 153 Ebola confirmed deaths. 82 patients are currently admitted at the Ebola treatment centers in Kenema and Kailahun.
The Ministry of Health & Sanitization and the World Health Organization have established a dedicated Ebola Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the WHO Country Office in Freetown. The EOC is co-Directed by the Minister of Health, Ms. Miata Kargbo and the WHO Representative for Sierra Leone, Dr. Jacob Mufunda and consists of leaders and partners involved in our fight against Ebola.
The EOC will serve as the Sierra Leone National Central Command and Control Center for Outbreak Response activities and meets every day. The EOC members under the leadership of the Honourable Minister of Health and Sanitation unanimously decided at the July 24th 2014 meeting that the following actions be effected immediately:
• That the World Health Organisation (WHO) and MSF to take over the management of the Kenema treatment center
• WHO and MSF to bring more experts to run the treatment center in Kenema
The WHO Director General, Margaret Chan has upgraded the Ebola response in West Africa to a Grade 3, the highest level of any emergency response. A Grade 3 involves a multiple country event with a substantial public health consequence that requires a substantial WHO country office response and substantial international partner response. This means partners could deploy resources from other countries into the region.
The EOC wishes the general public and all partners working in the healthcare sector to know that Dr. Sheikh Umar Khan is responding well to treatment.