Monday March 30, 2015
- It is with great relief and a sense of joy and victory that we have to
join all those who wished a UK medical nurse who was infected with the
Ebola Virus Disease well. Those prayers have been answered and Corporal
Anna Cross has now been discharged from hospital after a fortnight of
In the meantime, today Monday sees the end
of a 3-day lockdown which started on Friday and officially ended
yesterday Sunday March 29th . It was organised by the very wretched of
the earth, thieving and unrepentant criminals to the core involved in
the battle against the scourge and calling themselves servants of the
people. Another opportunity for the rat and his band of thieves to
plunder the Ebola funds.
Corporal Anna Cross a nurse serving
with the UK medical contingent in Sierra Leone has been declared free of
the Ebola Virus Disease after she got infected while serving in Sierra
a BBC report the brave 25 year-old
nurse from Cambridge is the first person to be treated with the
experimental Ebola drug MIL 77. During her illness she's reported to
have lost ten kilograms/22 pounds but her remarkable discovery in just
about a fortnight of treatment at the specialist Royal Free hospital in
the UK again highlights the point we have always stressed.
As soon as somebody is confirmed as
having the disease, all resources should be made to bear that would see
every available medical help being made available to those helping the
afflicted. The Ebola Virus Disease has shown over and over again that it
is a vicious, treacherous and extremely cunning killer that would use
every deceptive move to hoodwink as it rips apart its victim's immune
system thereby opening the floodgates of attacks against life-sustaining
tissues, breaking down resistance to its attack.
Again we say - time is of the essence
and any time lost in administrative and other peripheral but quite
unnecessary procedures without paying attention to the victim could well
have resulted in our losing so many health care and delivery workers
including porters, drivers, technicians, nurses and
doctors and of course patients from
the poor and unconnected section of Sierra Leone society.
Meanwhile yesterday Sunday March 29,
2015 should have seen the end of another 3-day lockdown aimed at totally
containing a virus that appears to be on the decline as far as new
infection rates are concerned.
It is hoped that revelations made in
the report of the Auditor General will help make this a success and
reports that some sections of the Western area community were being
supplied food during the lock-down again points to a lack of planning.
While the last time round in September
last year a great show was made of volunteers handing out soap to a
hungry populace forced to stay at home while contracts were illegally
handed out to those favoured by the rat and his thieving cabal, this
time round there was an attempt made to feed the people.
How many of the poor got fed is quite
another matter but we would not be surprised to hear of "hundreds of
thousands if not millions" fed by the lying and thieving cabal. In some
parts of Freetown, it was reported that rogue security forces were
freely discharging canisters of tear gas in a bid to scare off hungry
Last time round, according to the audit
report, even though some nine hundred million leones were dished out to
the police and the same amount to the military, the report exposed
double payments to security personnel who were given a part of the
stolen funds for which they signed as health care personnel!!!
The BBC reports that the recent
exercise comes in the wake of good news in the fight against the scourge
"This lockdown comes amidst some rare
good news. According to official figures from the World Health
Organization, there were just 33 new confirmed cases last week - the
lowest number since June 2014. But with these falling figures there is
danger of growing complacency, the government says.
This is one of the main reasons behind
the lockdown - volunteers will remind people how to protect themselves
against a virus that is still a real threat. They will focus their
efforts on northern and western areas where some infections still come
as a surprise to officials - 16% of cases last week were not known Ebola
Experts have criticised previous
stay-at-homes as too heavy-handed and top-down in their approach.
Concerns were raised that some people did not have access to food. The
hope is, a year after the outbreak was declared, such logistical
problems have been ironed out and that this measure will bring the
country closer to its goal of zero Ebola infections by April 2015 - an
ambitious target that is just two weeks away."
We heard for the first time during a
lock-down exercise and on the BBC by one O B Sisay that food was being
provided - something that was absent in
the last exercise.
Even as hopes rise that the Ebola Virus
Disease is getting under control, we would again re-iterate what experts
have stated about the disease.
Don't allow complacency to step in as
the disease is known to thrive and multiply very rapidly when conditions
are created that facilitates its spread.
It is quite a sombre reflection on what
obtains on the ground as the authorities have insisted that although the
3-day lockdown is on a nation-wide scale, four districts have been
highlighted as bearing the greatest responsibility for new cases as well
as increased spread.
These are Kambia, Port Loko, Makeni and
the capital Freetown.
What clearly emerges from reports on
the ground is that apart from the culture of denial that there are cases
of people struck with the disease, the unwholesome and unsanitary
conditions in overcrowded slums increase the chances of the disease
remaining well embedded within such communities.
Pictures of pigs living side by side
with human beings in filthy conditions do not augur well for the fight
against the scourge. It would also be recalled that at the height of the
growing menace, we advocated that emergency holding and treatment
centres be set up to take care of the rising cases rather than sending
all suspected and confirmed cases to the overstretched facilities in
Kailahun and Kenema.
We would still want the Auditor General
to give us an update on the funds since the last six-month record which
clearly indicated that the resources looked into has not taken into
consideration the effort and input of resources brought in by
international NGO's as well as funds received from bilateral and
We would also urge the Auditor General
to investigate funds generated by our missions abroad after receiving
reports that a good number of mission staff abroad have been setting up
accounts to which they have directed those interested in the fate of
Sierra Leoneans to pay in money and kind.
We have read reports of the rat's envoy
to South Korea receiving funds from that government and we would also
like to know what other countries have chipped in to help the fight
against the scourge.
We know that in the UK the head of
mission, Eddie Turay has even gone as far as to seek help from schools
and that in one instance he was the proud receiver of school materials.
We would want to know what his staff
have been up to and if they have all accounted for funds collected.
The mission accredited to the European
Union countries would also need to come out clean so that the people can
know what happened to funds collected on their behalf.