By Mustapha Kamara Junior
Sierra Leone — More than one hundred people in four districts in Sierra Leone are at risk of being tested positive of the Ebola virus disease, says Dr Brima Kargbo, Chief Medical officer of the Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
Dr. Kargbo was speaking to journalists at an emergency press conference that was organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, held at the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC in Freetown.
Dr. Kargbo said the government is worried about the new confirmed EVD case and that preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Health have proven that the deceased made contacts with several people in Mgburaka, Kambia, Porto-Loko and Bombali district in the Northern part of the country.
“The sources of infection and route of transmission are being investigated and the government urges all Sierra Leoneans to continue to be vigilant and adhere to safe hygiene practices.” Kargbo said.
He said 28 people are highly at risk because they were in close contact with the deceased, 22 year-old female student, who died of the Ebola virus in Magburaka Town, Tonkolili District.
“A swab team collected a swab sample and after three positives results confirmed at an accredited laboratory in Makeni, a second accredited laboratory in Kambia also reconfirmed the results,” the chief medical officer said.
The tragic news came at a time when the country was entering the 68th day of its 90 days surveillance period as prescribed by the World Health Organization which was due to end on the 5th of February 2016.