Via Awareness Times: Paolo Conteh Calls for Change of Attitude to Defeat Ebola. Excerpt:
Responding to questions at his first ever press conference held at the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) headquarters, in the premises of the former Special Court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday 29th October 2014, the strong and confident looking NERC Chief Executive Officer, Rtd. Major Alfred Palo Conteh has admitted to the incorrect publication of Ebola update figures and promised to deal with the issue through his structures.
It can be recalled that there has been a lot of hue and cry over the statistical analysis of the Ebola outbreak especially with the daily updates announced by Government alongside questionable deaths rates.
However, the military strongman has also cautioned the public to change their attitude if we are to win the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease.
Rtd. Major Paola Conteh said there is no magic bullet for Ebola except a disciplined, well coordinated national and international approach; including a command and control system to deal with what he called a clear danger to the existence of Sierra Leone as a nation.
CEO Paolo Conteh informed that to pacify and defeat the evil threat, the Government of Sierra Leone has responded by establishing a single central coordination body to provide firm command and control and direction for our military and humanitarian experts who are implementing the NERC plan.
The CEO said, “this new organization is not a talking shop, it is a place for action and will ensure the right decisions to contain and defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone quickly and efficiently”.
He said the disease represents a clear danger to our country and the world. The CEO emphasized the reality of the disease as the situation will get worse before it gets better. The reason why is simple. If more tests are done on a daily basis, there is a tendency for confirmed cases to swell but he said, with aggressive treatment and care for confirmed and suspected cases with all necessary logistical measures in place, the disease will start declining. The CEO appealed to the public not to be complacent and avoid denial since the disease can and will affect everyone irrespective of status.
“Our weapons are not bullets and rifles; they are clear and disciplined actions that must be followed. We must not attack ambulances, we must not attack burial teams. We must not erect road blocks because our beloved ones are not picked up speedily. We must all realize that we are in a state of emergency”, the no nonsense looking CEO advised.