Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 November 2014
The recent spike in the number of new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone has demanded a renewed sense of urgency to try a different approach in tackling the virus. But as yet, there are no signs of a change in policy or direction. (Photo: One of several Ebola ambulances that have been involved in road accidents).
The newly formed, military led National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) is proving woefully inept in managing the crisis.
Its lack of knowledge and inexperience of managing a public health crisis of this magnitude, is becoming clearly obvious by the day
What you get from the military leadership of the NERC is nothing short of macho bravado – all brawn and no brainer response to the crisis.
The Koroma government of Sierra Leone has to do more, if it is to contain and eradicate Ebola. And president Koroma himself has to show better national leadership, than simply rebuking his uncle – a northern local chief, ironically, for seemingly failing to provide leadership to people of his chiefdom.
There are less than 400 treatment beds in Sierra Leone. With an average weekly number of new cases now topping 300, it is obvious that most of the sick are either being turned away at treatment centres or painfully dying at home – accelerating the cycle of Ebola transmission in the country.
Today, more than 30 British National Health Service (NHS) staff arrived in Sierra Leone to join the military contingent of medical staff that is already hard at work in the country, helping to treat the ever growing number of Ebola sick people.