Via Awareness Times: Ebola Ravaging Freetown, Port Loko & Bombali. Excerpt:
Despite strides to combat it, the steady rate of transmission of Ebola virus is now said to be “out of control” in parts of Freetown, Bombali, Port Loko and to some extent, Tonkolili; even as the disease occurrence stabilises in other areas. It can be recalled that in May 2014, the initial outbreak was in Kailahun’s Kissi Teng chiefdom whose major township of Koindu voted 80% for the ruling APC in 2012 elections.
However, few months back, at the time the pro-APC Kissi people had been dying like flies in their villages without even basic Chlorine provided to them, many important stakeholders could not understand what had been happening to those poor Kissi people. Frantic calls on behalf of Kissi people were ignored whilst some campaigners on the Kissi people’s behalf, got threatened with jail.
Today, as Ebola repeats its Kailahun antics in Freetown, Bombali and Port Loko, those who feel it, now know it.
Also, it is pertinent to note that index case for majority of the North-Western patients affected by the virus ravaging Northwestern axis, is not Southeastern index case of a herbalist woman from Sokoma village, Kissi Teng.
Rather, it was a man who came to Sierra Leone sick with Ebola virus from Guinea. He got admitted at a hospital in Port Loko where he infected health staff before he died. Infected health workers then spread Ebola virus further North with eventual spill-over effect into Western Area of Freetown and its environs.