Sierra Leone is struggling to contain the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak as the country has recorded the highest number of Ebola cases according to the latest World Health Organization figures.
The World Health Organization latest estimate of the cumulative number of cases since the start of the outbreak in March now stands at 7,780 in Sierra Leone, 7,719 in Liberia and 2,238 in Guinea. The virus has killed more than 6,300 people in the three West African countries.
In the WHO’s latest situation report, published last week, the group said its goal of safely burying 70 % of Ebola victims and isolating 70 % of Ebola patients had been met in “most districts” of the three hardest-hit West African countries. The WHO cited Liberia as a bright point in the global effort to contain the disease, reporting that case incidence was “stable or declining” in the struggling nation, where 3,177 people have died from the disease.
Yet the WHO said that transmission of the virus was still “intense” in Sierra Leone, which at the beginning of the month reported more than 500 new cases over a period of just days.
Out of eleven (11) medical doctors infected with Ebola so far in Sierra Leone, Songu Mbriwa remains the only one who has survived. We give God the glory for the miracle of his life even as we mourn the other ten doctors who have since passed away. Allow me to name our fallen compatriots:
DR. SOLOMON AIAH KONOYEIMA - Died 6th December 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. THOMAS T. ROGERS - Died 5th December 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. DAUDA KOROMA - Died 5th December 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. MICHAEL KARGBO - Died 18th November 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. MARTIN MAADA SALIA - Died 17th November 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. GODFREY GEORGE - Died 3rd November 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. OLIVETTE BUCK - Died 14th September 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. SAHR J. ROGERS - Died 27th or 30th August 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. MODUPEH COLE - Died 13th August 2014 (R.I.P.)
DR. SHEIKH UMAR KHAN - Died 29th July 2014 (R.I.P.)