Via The New Citizen, a report that does not bode well: Minister Condemns WHO Report.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu has criticized the World Health Organization(WHO) for giving false information to the international media that 87 dead bodies were found in a hole in Kono District, Eastern Sierra Leone adding that the information is aimed at portraying the country negatively to the international community.
He made this statement to journalists on Thursday 11th December 2014 at the usual Government press briefing at the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Youyi Building in Freetown in the wake of information circulating in the international media that mass graves are found everywhere in the country.
According to Alpha Kanu, Government and partners, including WHO, are working very hard to put the outbreak under control since it started in May this year for which the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) was setup and a Chief Executive Officer appointed to implement strategies to contain the virus.
He said initially when the disease broke out, there was only one laboratory and 40-bed capacity treatment centers but that with the help of partners like China and Britain, the country can now boast of 100-bed facilities with 10 laboratories nationwide while more would be made available and observed that people have been complying with some of the emergency regulations preventing large public gatherings.
The Government Spokesman continued that they have taken over the burial of corpses, that Ebola deaths are recorded, clarified that it is impossible for people to dig holes and bury their dead relatives and friends and reiterated that the information, which was widely reported by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), quoting WHO, is incorrect aimed at negatively portraying the country.
Alpha Kanu furthered that most international organizations that are in the country do not want the epidemic to end because of the money they are making while innocent people continue to die maintaining that for WHO to make such a statement when it is also part of the fight to end the outbreak in Sierra Leone and the West Africa sub-region, is unfortunate and promised that Government would look into the matter and take the necessary action.
He concluded that Government is on top of the situation as the rate of the disease is decreasing and reiterated Government's commitment to soon end the outbreak.
By coincidence, I was just looking at Sierra Leone's Ebola sitreps from Sunday, December 7 through Sunday, December 14. In those eight days, the cumulative case count rose from 7,897 to 8,356, an increase of 459 cases or 57.3 per day. The cumulative deaths rose from 2,100 to 2,417, for 417 or 39.6 per day.