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Sierra Leone’s Government Overwhelmed By Ebola Surge; More Treatment Centers, Attention To Orphans Needed

News outlets report on a surge of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, where a lack of treatment centers is hindering efforts to contain the disease, and the challenges of children in the country orphaned by Ebola.

Inter Press Service: Hopes of Controlling Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak Remain Grim
“The fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa seems to be hanging in the balance as Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abubakar Fofana told IPS that the government is overwhelmed by the outbreak…” (Fofana, 11/6).

Reuters: Ebola surging in Sierra Leone amid lack of treatment centers: U.N.
“The number of Ebola cases is surging in Sierra Leone due to a lack of treatment centers, the United Nations said, while scarcity of food may also be forcing some people to leave quarantined areas, risking further spread of the virus…” (Flynn/Felix, 11/6).

The Guardian: Sierra Leone’s Ebola orphans face a situation ‘worse than war’
“…The Ebola response is so focused on containment of the disease that there is no team of officials working in the slipstream of the burial teams to register orphaned dependents. The country’s ministry of social welfare, gender and children’s affairs puts the number of orphans in Sierra Leone at 2,600, but organizations including UNICEF believe the real figure could be more than 7,000…” (O’Carroll, 11/7).

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