New Ebola Case In Sierra Leone Highlights Continuing Challenges For Health Officials, Community Members
Al Jazeera America: New Ebola case in Sierra Leone underscores lingering challenges
“…[Sidie Yahya Tunis, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation,] said that the biggest challenge in the crisis was persuading people to change these behaviors and that community engagement, which involved getting authorities such as religious leaders in local communities to understand Ebola and explain it to others, was one of the leading factors in tamping down the epidemic. Tunis warned that even though the country is Ebola-free, that doesn’t mean the virus is gone forever. He said that even now, there needs to be a push for more community engagement…” (Devries, 1/19).