The Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr Brima Kargbo yesterday confirmed that Sierra Leone has no case of Ebola, for now.
He made this confirmation in an interview with Awoko that indeed the Ministry had received report from the World Health Organization (WHO) that 35 cases of Ebola was reported in Guinea recently, out of which 22 had died.
On the issue of the 14 year-old boy who was reported dead in Buedu, Kailahun District, after attending a funeral of someone who died of Ebola in Guinea,Dr Kargbo explained that immediately the Ministry received this disturbing report, a team of disease surveillance experts were dispatched to ascertain and confirm the report.
The team on arrival, from meetings held with the local authorities in Kailahun District, they discovered that there was no such report of death from the Ebola virus.
The Chief Medical Officer further said that the suspected community was not the one in Kailahun but is the name of four communities in Sowa Chiefdom, Kono District which is also called Buedu, but with a different spelling(Boidu).
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kargbo confirmed that presently the surveillance team are in Kono to find out the truth about the reported Ebola virus case of the 14 year old boy.
With regards to the Ministries preparedness for an outbreak, Dr Kargbo noted that the Lassa fever programme at Government hospital in Kenema is fully equipped to handle Hemorrhagic fevers. He said the Kenema District Health Management Team including all other health teams working around border Communities are on high alert and are actively engaged in Community sensitization in order for the public not to panic, as there is no confirmed case of the disease that has no cure.
The Chief Medical Officer advised the public to report any unusual feveral occurrence, with intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding both internally and externally. Also, Dr Kargbo urged all those who reside in forest communities, near border areas not to come in contact with wild animals such as fruit bats, chimpanzee, Gorilla or porcupine, which are ill or have died.
Concluding, Dr Kargbo advised the public who may be burying the dead to use gloves and to wash their hands properly with soap and water after dealing with the corpse. He assured that the World Health Organization and other health partners are actively supporting the Ministry, just in case of an outbreak from Guinea.
By Ade Campbell
Tuesday March 25, 2014