Ebola: Sierra Leone Declares State of Emergency

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FREETOWN – (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement.

The measures resembled a tough anti-Ebola package announced by neighbouring Liberia on Wednesday evening. Koroma announced he was cancelling a visit to Washington for a U..-Africa summit next week because of the crisis and would instead hold an emergency meeting with regional leaders in Guinea on Friday.

Highly infectious Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in the West Africa nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. [eap_ad_2] “I hereby proclaim a of Public Emergency to enable us take a robust approach to with the Ebola outbreak,” he said in a speech on Wednesday, adding that the measures would initially last between 60 and 90 days. “All epicenters of the disease will be quarantined.”

Koroma said that the and the military would restrict movements to and from epicenters, and would support to health officers and NGOs to do their work unhindered, following a of on healthworkers by local communities.

He said that -to- searches would be implemented to trace Ebola and quarantine them. He also said that new protocols had been established for passengers arriving and departing Lungi International outside Freetown, but he did not further details, Reuters.[eap_ad_3]