Sierra Leone Isolates 3 More Areas in Response to Ebola

Sierra Leone’s government has placed three more districts under isolation as it tries to fight an outbreak of Ebola.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said late Wednesday the isolation of Port Loko and Bombali in the north and Moyamba in southern Sierra Leone will “pose difficulties” for people there, but that the lives of everyone are more important.

Two districts of the country’s 14 districts were already under isolation, and the move comes days after Sierra Leone ended a three-day nationwide lockdown.

The World Health Organization says the situation in the country “continues to deteriorate.” Its latest figures include 1,940 cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone and 597 deaths.

Overall, the WHO said Thursday the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 2,917 people and infected more than 6,200.

It called attention to the need for more more beds to treat patients in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which have been the hardest hit by the virus.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a meeting of world leaders Thursday in New York to rally efforts to contain the outbreak, prevent future ones and treat those who are infected.

Koroma and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will take part through teleconference, while Guinean President Alpha Conde and other leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama will attend the meeting.

Source : Voice of America

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