Liberia Holds Off on Reopening Schools

Liberia has delayed the planned re-opening of
schools, saying they are not not yet fully
prepared to prevent the spread of Ebola.

The schools were closed in July last year due to the Ebola outbreak. Authorities in Monrovia said they had planned to
reopen schools on Monday, but teaching will not begin until February 16.

A BBC correspondent, Mark Doyle says several schools he saw are woefully unready to prevent Ebola infection.

“They are lacking chlorinated water for
hand-washing and thermometers to check
pupils if they don’t have fevers,” he told the BBC.

Some schools were used as Ebola treatment offices or holding centers.

Liberia, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea, have been hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly

In Liberia alone, more than 3,600 people have
died of Ebola.

But WHO officials say Liberia appears to be beating Ebola, as there now only five confirmed cases across the country.



Sierra Leone to Reopen Schools in March

Schools in Sierra Leone are to reopen in March. Education Minister Minkailu Bah said that school fees would be subsidised for secondary school students to help parents. The ministry would also provide teaching and learning materials as well as ensuring schools were safe and disinfected.

State House sources say that President Koroma is also expected to announce an easing of restrictions on trading hours in the Western Area. Trading hours on Saturday will now end at 6:00 PM.  But reports still indicate that the restrictions of trading on Sunday will remain the same.


Schools in Guinea Reopen

Authorities in Guinea, one of the countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, have announced the reopening of schools today.

Guinea’s Education Ministry said there is no risk of widespread infection due to school’s reopening.

Schools were closed in the three affected countries to prevent the spread of the epidemic.


12 New Ebola Infections Today in Sierra Leone

Health officials in Sierra Leone recorded 12 new infections today nationwide; 5 of these are in Freetown and its environs, 3 in Moyamba, 3 in Portloko, 2 in Bombali, and 1 in Kono.

All other districts today recorded no infections today.

The latest jump in numbers of infections came after health officials project a slump in infections on Friday.


Progress Made, but New Ebola Infections Continue

The promising signs reported by health workers yesterday regarding the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has taken a discouraging development this evening as official reports state that 18 people died today of Ebola and 24 new infections were equally recorded nationwide.

14 of today’s new infections are from Portloko and 7 are from Freetown and its environs.

Today’s development followed a single digit of 6 infections reported on Friday January 16, 2015; the lowest number in months.

Authorities in Sierra Leone yesterday announced that progress was being made against the virus.

Today’s statistics casts doubts on projections that the epidemic will be contained by the end of March as stated by President Koroma.

Sierra Leone continues to lead the chart on Ebola infections and deaths within the region.


Ebola Numbers on the Decline

Authorities in Sierra Leone said Ebola infection numbers and deaths have progressively gone down over the last two days.

On Friday, January 16, 2015 health officials in Freetown said only 6 new infections and 10 deaths were recorded compared to 16 new infections the previous day.

“This is the first single digit infection rate we have recorded in several months,” a health official at the Hastings Treatment Center said, adding that progress is being made against the virus in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday January 15, 2015 that positive signs of containing the epidemic are emerging in the three most affected countries in West Africa.

The WHO statement follows a report of zero infections in Liberia for two consecutive days and the progressive decline of infection numbers in Sierra Leone this week.

Officials in Sierra Leone said a total of 2,127 people have so far survived the Ebola virus.


8,371 Recorded Ebola Deaths as of January 3, 2015

Latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) released today has revealed that 8,371 people have died of Ebola in West Africa as of January 3, 2015.

WHO says Sierra Leone has 10,094 infected persons and 3,049 Ebola deaths as of January 3, 2015.

In Liberia 3,515 people have died of Enola and 8,278 people are Ebola positive, according to WHO reports.

Guinea has only recorded 2,799 infection cases, and 1,807 Ebola deaths.

The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) says it is adopting a new strategy to conduct 100% of burials safely and with dignity, and to isolate and treat 100% of Ebola cases.