Sierra Leone in State of Public Health Emergency 

As the deadly Ebola disease continues to devastate parts of West Africa, Sierra Leone’s president declares a public health emergency. 

Posted:
 
screen_shot_20140801_at_8.08.29_am
Medical personnel at a facility in Sierra Leone

YouTube

The lethal Ebola virus ravaging West Africa has forced the hand of Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, who issued a public health emergency declaration late Wednesday in an attempt to help stop the virus’ spread, the Associated Press reports.

According to the news wire, Koroma promised that house-to-house searches would be conducted in order to find those who may have been exposed to the contagious virus, as well as to quarantine sick victims.

Liberia is also increasing efforts to contain the virus, closing schools as well as telling most government employees to remain at home.

Volunteers from the U.S. Peace Corps have been evacuated steadily, while two Peace Corps employees are currently quarantined outside the U.S. after being in contact with someone who died from the virus, according to a State Department official, AP reports.

Ebola, which currently mostly affects Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has reportedly caused more than 600 deaths across the area, including those who have dedicated their lives to fighting the disease. Sierra Leone’s top doctor died earlier this week after treating hundreds of patients.

The Sierra Leonean government called Dr. Sheik Umar Khan’s death “an irreparable loss of this son of the soil.”

This outbreak has been dubbed one of the worst.

Read more at the Associated Press.

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.