Sierra Leone Prepares For Nationwide Lockdown To Contain Ebola, Spurring Ethical Debate
News outlets report on Sierra Leone’s decision to implement a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Ebola.
Global Post: Want to fight Ebola? Don’t do it like Sierra Leone
“Desperate to stop the unchecked spread of Ebola, the Sierra Leone government has an aggressive plan: lock down its citizens. All of them. … This has been the typical response to a disease universally feared and little understood: quarantine and isolate. But with the number of cases skyrocketing, and President Barack Obama warning this week that the crisis is ‘spiraling out of control,’ there is growing debate about the ethical considerations of these measures…” (Conway-Smith, 9/17).
Agence France-Presse/Straits Times: Sierra Leone readies for controversial three-day nationwide Ebola curfew
“Sierra Leone prepared Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic…” (9/18).