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EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 17, 2014
Written by press release   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:10
  • DISCHARGED CASES
  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  349
  • NEW CASES
  • New Confirmed cases  = 29, as follows:

  Kailahun = 22, Kenema = 1, Kono = 0

  Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =0, Tonkolili = 3

  Bo = 1, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0

  Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0

  • CUMULATIVE CASES
  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 1,571, as follows:

      Kailahun = 551, Kenema = 410, Kono =15

           Bombali =113, Kambia =3, Koinadugu =0, Port Loko =155, Tonkolili = 35

           Bo = 77, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 17, Pujehun = 10

          Western Urban = 129, Western Rural = 55

  • CUMULATIVE DEATHS
  • Total cumulative confirmed death is 483, as follows:

Kailahun = 195, Kenema = 229, Kono = 2

Bombali = 6, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 16, Tonkolili = 2

Bo = 16, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 6, Pujehun = 1

Western Area Urban = 6, Western Area Rural = 2

 
EBOLA OUTBREAK AND THE URGENT NEED FOR SCIENCE JOURNALISTS
Written by press release   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:06

The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Western Africa highlights the urgent need to close the gap in communication between scientists, journalists and communities.
 
Beyond the devastating outcome of EVD, poor communication has clearly heightened apprehension among the public, while potentially seeding confusion among scientists and journalists who report the outbreak.
 
In most West African countries, authorities are ramping up epidemiological surveillance systems. These measures are accompanied by mass media campaigns to inform and raise awareness among the population. But to be effective, these campaigns must also counteract the information that is still rife in communities large and small, rural and urban. Unfortunately, this misinformation is spreading and increasing the risk of propagating the disease throughout West Africa.

 
Parliament versus Free Speech
Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:04

Yesterday Parliament summoned key ministries, departments, and agencies, in relation to their role ina state of emergency, following unhealthy reporting in the media about certain individuals and institutions in the fight against Ebola.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Chernor Bah, saidit is difficult to manage issues of human rights, which includes free speech, in a state of emergency, where these rights have been suspended.

  He reaffirmed Parliament’s position that after the Ebola war is over, everyone including MPs is going to give a full account about how each cent was spent – as this happens to be the thorny issue presently across the country.

 
Ebola: World Bank Group Approves US$105 Million Grant
Written by press release   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:47

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2014 - The World Bank Group’s (WBG) Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$105 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, help families and communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and rebuild and strengthen essential public health systems in the three worst-affected countries to guard against future disease outbreaks. The new grant is part of the US$200 million Ebola emergency mobilization first announced by the WBG in early August.

 
HRW West Africa: Respect Rights in Ebola Response
Written by press release   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:30

(Nairobi, September 15, 2014) –West African governments should ensure rights protections as a crucial element in controlling the unprecedented Ebola epidemic ravaging the region, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed its sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and recognized the courage of many health workers and others in caring for the sick.
Governments in Ebola-affected countries should better protect health workers from infection, limit use of quarantines, address the gender dimensions of the outbreak, ensure security forces responding to the crisis respect basic rights, and facilitate independent monitoring of emergency measures and donations, Human Rights Watch said. Donor governments, through international assistance and cooperation, should help these governments fulfill the right to health and efforts to address the epidemic’s broader impact.
“Given the tragic magnitude of this epidemic, the affected governments cannot and should not be expected to fulfil the right to health on their own,” said 
Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The international community must help assume this responsibility, while insisting that governments do their part by ensuring transparency and respect for human rights as they respond to the crisis.”

 
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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

As World Bank Approves $28 Million Grant To Tackle Ebola, Amr. Stevens Talks Ebola at Freddie Mac

The World Bank has reinforced the President Ernest Bai Koroma led government to continue tackling the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by approving (SDR 18,500,000) Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Right) about Twenty Eight Million United States Dollars ($28 Million) as a grant to contribute in the short term to the control of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) out break and the availability of selected essential health services and mitigate the socio-economic impact of EVD in Sierra Leone.

The grant was occasioned by a recommendation of the committee under section 1(d) of Articles of Agreement on the proposed Financing (Ebola Emergency Response Project) to the Republic of Sierra Leone.

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Media News

Parliament versus Free Speech

Yesterday Parliament summoned key ministries, departments, and agencies, in relation to their role ina state of emergency, following unhealthy reporting in the media about certain individuals and institutions in the fight against Ebola.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Chernor Bah, saidit is difficult to manage issues of human rights, which includes free speech, in a state of emergency, where these rights have been suspended.

  He reaffirmed Parliament’s position that after the Ebola war is over, everyone including MPs is going to give a full account about how each cent was spent – as this happens to be the thorny issue presently across the country.

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Commentary

HRW West Africa: Respect Rights in Ebola Response

(Nairobi, September 15, 2014) –West African governments should ensure rights protections as a crucial element in controlling the unprecedented Ebola epidemic ravaging the region, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed its sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and recognized the courage of many health workers and others in caring for the sick.
Governments in Ebola-affected countries should better protect health workers from infection, limit use of quarantines, address the gender dimensions of the outbreak, ensure security forces responding to the crisis respect basic rights, and facilitate independent monitoring of emergency measures and donations, Human Rights Watch said. Donor governments, through international assistance and cooperation, should help these governments fulfill the right to health and efforts to address the epidemic’s broader impact.
“Given the tragic magnitude of this epidemic, the affected governments cannot and should not be expected to fulfil the right to health on their own,” said 
Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The international community must help assume this responsibility, while insisting that governments do their part by ensuring transparency and respect for human rights as they respond to the crisis.”

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View Point

7 Years in Office: Congratulations President Koroma !!

Our utmost priority as Sierra Leoneans at present is fighting to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). But Wednesday 17th September, 2014, should not go unnoticed; as it will be another important milestone in the political history of His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, when he will be celebrating his seventh year in office as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s Press Attaché in Saudi Arabia, M.B. Jalloh, takes a brief look at how it all happened in seven years. 

It is expected to be a joyous moment not only for the President, but also members of the governing All People’s Congress (APC) and the country at large, for having a patriotic and selfless leader who has worked exemplarily well for the country and his people.

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 17, 2014
  • DISCHARGED CASES
  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  349
  • NEW CASES
  • New Confirmed cases  = 29, as follows:

  Kailahun = 22, Kenema = 1, Kono = 0

  Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =0, Tonkolili = 3

  Bo = 1, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0

  Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0

  • CUMULATIVE CASES
  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 1,571, as follows:

      Kailahun = 551, Kenema = 410, Kono =15

           Bombali =113, Kambia =3, Koinadugu =0, Port Loko =155, Tonkolili = 35

           Bo = 77, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 17, Pujehun = 10

          Western Urban = 129, Western Rural = 55

  • CUMULATIVE DEATHS
  • Total cumulative confirmed death is 483, as follows:

Kailahun = 195, Kenema = 229, Kono = 2

Bombali = 6, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 16, Tonkolili = 2

Bo = 16, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 6, Pujehun = 1

Western Area Urban = 6, Western Area Rural = 2

  • Probable cases = 37
  • Probable deaths = 37
  • Suspected cases = 127
  • Suspected deaths = 11
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Society -Local News

SLPMC Donates 300 Bags of Rice for Ebola Victims

Freetown, Sept. 10, 014 (MOHS) - The Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLPMC) has made a donation of 300 bags of 25kg Nerica rice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as a contribution towards the fight against the Ebola virus.

Presenting the gifts, the Director of Operations, Ahmid Kabba said the gesture was to demonstrate their commitment in the fight to combat the disease. He described the fight against the Ebola as a national call his company is obliged to compliment.

Address her guest, the Deputy Minister II, Madam Madina Rahman thanked the SLPMC for the donation describing it as timely.

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Development

Ebola: World Bank Group Approves US$105 Million Grant

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2014 - The World Bank Group’s (WBG) Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$105 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, help families and communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and rebuild and strengthen essential public health systems in the three worst-affected countries to guard against future disease outbreaks. The new grant is part of the US$200 million Ebola emergency mobilization first announced by the WBG in early August.

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Politics

Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh in Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to present his Letters of Credence to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, with accreditation to 11(Eleven ) other countries in the Southeast Asia Pacific, Victor Bockarie Foh is in  Hanoi, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to present his Letters of Credence to President Truong Tan Sang.

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is amongst 11(Eleven) other countries to which the Sierra Leone Ambassador resident in Beijing is accredited to. The other countries of his accreditation include Australia, New Zealand, Royal Thailand, Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Japan, Republic of Indonesia, Singapore, Republic of India, Republic of Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

During his official visit in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, His Excellency Ambassador Foh is expected to hold discussions with Viet Nam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Agriculture, and of particular relevance, the Ebola Virus  Disease in Sierra Leone and the West African Sub-Region and to raise awareness of Agricultural and Food Security of Sierra Leone. 

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