Sierra Leone Sees ‘Sharp Rise’ in Ebola Cases as Medical Funding Goes Missing

by Frances Martel 17 Feb 2015 48 As the number of Ebola cases begin to rise for the first time in 2015, a new audit has uncovered more than $3 million in funding to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone is wholly unaccounted for. The government has vowed a prompt investigation as it begins to quarantine previously untouched neighborhoods in the capital, Freetown.

According to Reuters , the three nations most grievously affected by the Ebola outbreak that began in March 2014– Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia– have announced new deadlines in combatting the virus. All three countries hope to reach a level of zero new cases within sixty days, beginning on February 14. The governments of the three nations, in tandem with the World Health Organization, announced this new deadline just as the WHO revealed that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa has increased in all three countries. Reuters notes that Sierra Leone had the most new confirmed cases last week at 76.

Monrovia, Liberia’s  The News adds that a seemingly chronic inability of medical personnel to reach many of those affected by the virus persists as a major challenge to eradicating the Ebola threat. In Guinea, the […]

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