Sierra Leone president visits Ebola centre

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Sierra Leone president visits Ebola centreFREETOWN – Sierra Leone’s president visited the center an Ebola outbreak Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts contain the spread the deadly virus.

was Ernest Bai Koroma’s first visit the northeastern district Kenema since the start the epidemic that has killed some 672 people in Guinea, and Sierra Leone, according the World Organization (), making the worst outbreak yet.

Sierra Leone has the highest number of Ebola cases, at 525, surpassing neighboring Guinea where the virus was first reported in February. A Liberian man died of the disease in Nigeria last week.

headed to Kenema by helicopter after a prayer session at the national stadium in the capital Freetown to mark the end of the Muslim month of fasting.

Koroma, a , told the Muslim congregation that he planned to visit Sheik Umar Khan, the country’s leading Ebola tested positive for the virus last week. [eap_ad_2] Khan is now a patient at an Ebola treatment center run by the French charity Without Borders (MSF) in Kailahun.

However, Information Minister Alpha Kanu told Reuters that Koroma had been unable to reach Kailahun because of lack of fuel and had returned to Freetown after stopping in Kenema. would travel to Kailahun Tuesday, Kanu said.

Several other medical staff have contracted the disease, including two American working in .

Koroma said Saturday the government planned to step up efforts to containing the disease with a view to ending the outbreak within 60 to 90 days.

The new strategy will focus on contact tracing, surveillance, communications and social mobilization, social services, logistics and supplies, he said. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]