An outbreak of Ebola has been on going in Sierra Leone since May 2014. Outbreaks are also occurring in Guinea and Liberia; these outbreaks of Ebola are the largest and most complex in history. Civil unrest and violence against aid workers have been reported in West Africa as a result of the outbreak. The public health infrastructure in Sierra Leone is being severely strained as the outbreak grows.
Sierra Leone’s government has recently instituted enhanced measures to combat the spread of Ebola, many of which will likely make travel to, from, and within the country difficult. The government has taken the following steps:
- Instituted new protocols for arriving and departing passengers at Lungi International Airport.
- Instituted restrictions on public and other mass gatherings.
- Instituted quarantine measures for communities affected by Ebola; travel in and out of those communities will be restricted until a medical team clears them.
- Authorized house-to-house searches to locate and quarantine Ebola patients and requires all deaths be reported before burial.
- Authorized police and military personnel to help enforce these and other prevention and control measures.
- Required local government officials to establish laws to support Ebola prevention efforts.
Below are communications that have been received by Help Madina giving accounts of the situation on the ground.
PLEASE HELP US – WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS NOW
You may or may not know that we now have a community bank account so money collected via our website and PayPal goes to Fr Henry so he can buy direct from the local market.
The situation is desperate
- Malnutrition in children is increasing.
- There are no childhood immunizations
- There is no antenatal care
The knock on effects of Ebola are disastrous.
We are really worried .
The Madina community need basic supplies including rice to distribute to the sick ,for those in quarantine and for the malnourished children.
Please help if you can………….