Sierra Leone Registers Rise in New Ebola Cases


UPDATED: Saturday, February 28, 2015 04:13 PM

President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.

Sierra Leone recorded 18 new cases of Ebola in the week ending Saturday, up from 16 new cases last week. This breaks the trend of declining cases in Sierra Leone. There were clusters of new cases with many related to fishing.

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Court martial…I signed for 120 live ammunitions-10th accused

10th accused private Mustapha Quee yesterday 25th February testified before Judge Advocate Otto During at the on-going court martial that he signed for one hundred and twenty live ammunitions between the 6th and 10th of August 2013 as arms-store keeper at 4th battalion Teko Barracks Makeni.

The court martial involves 13 RSLAF personnel standing trial for allegedly committing munity against the state to overthrow the sitting government of President Ernest Koroma between the 6th and 10th of August 2013 in Makeni.

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Shropshire Ebola doctor delighted with Sierra Leone progress

Dr Martin Deahl

But Dr Martin Deahl, who went to help the sick in Sierra Leone last November, said there was still much work to do.

He was speaking after International Development Secretary Justine Greening said Britain’s plan to tackle the outbreak was succeeding.

The UK has led international assistance to the west African country – one of three affected by the Ebola outbreak which began last year – with direct aid totalling £325 million.

Hundreds of NHS volunteers have gone to the country to support more than 1,400 treatment and isolation beds for the infected.

Among the volunteers was Dr Deahl, who lives near Newport. He said: “I do think a lot of progress has been made but on some occasions the number of cases seems to be falling but always flares up again, and there are still a lot of unreported cases.

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Sierra Leone Woman Takes in Orphans for Classes, Meals

With schools closed for months because of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the country is trying to find other ways to educate children, including daily broadcasts. But orphans present a particular challenge.

A Freetown woman is helping to meet that challenge by opening her home to orphans and other vulnerable children and giving them classes and free meals.

Each day in Anne-Marie Caulkner's home, the children are taught subjects like math and English. The resources are basic — a blackboard and no desks, just benches to sit on — but the help the kids get is vital.

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WHO Regional Dir.prioritizes ending ebola

Recently appointed World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has prioritized bringing ebola to an end.
Yesterday, at a press conference held at Radisson Blu Dr. Moeti explained that since she took office earlier this month, bringing the ebola outbreak to an end is one of her top priorities.

“The epidemic has a devastating impact on the health care system of the affected countries. WHO and partners are working around the clock with all available resources to get to zero cases,” she continued.

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Ebola border closures end between Liberia, Sierra Leone, normal life returning

A six-month anti-Ebola clampdown has finally been lifted and the Liberian border with Sierra Leone re-opened. The inhabitants came out of quarantine. Some 9,000 people have died from Ebola in these two countries, the most seriously hit along with Guinea. The Liberian president has said he considers the epidemic is under control.

The closing of the border made many Liberians lose jobs, and made it hard to get food. Small business owners are relieved.

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Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone's Augustine Baker dies

Augustine Baker (January 2015)

A Sierra Leonean who worked with children orphaned by Ebola has died of the disease himself.

Augustine Baker had been admitted to an Ebola treatment centre after becoming ill last week.

He had worked for an orphanage run by a UK charity on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

Thirty-three children and seven staff at the St George Foundation orphanage have been in quarantine since Mr Baker was diagnosed with the deadly virus.

Ebola has killed more than 9,500 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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Ecobank - Africa: Ecobank Group CEO Albert Essien tells investors to Engage with Africa on a long-term basis


MUNICH, Germany, February 25, 2015-- Ecobank Group CEO Albert Essien ( gave the keynote address in Munich today at the 4th Conference on Managing Risk in Africa. Mr Essien offered strategies for managing risk in Africa’s growth markets. Against the backdrop of what he outlined as a generally positive outlook for Africa, he advised investors against viewing Africa as one, but rather 54 countries with different growth prospects, different infrastructure, trade agreements, tax regulations, culture and levels of technological development.

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