February 25, 2021

Sierra Leone Activates Emergency Response System following Confirmed Cases of Ebola in Guinea

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The government of Sierra Leone has activated its Health Emergency Response System to level II (Enhanced Surveillance, Active Case Finding and robust Community Engagement, following a Press Release from the Government of the Republic of Guinea on Sunday February 14, 2021, confirming seven reported cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) including three deaths.

The government of Sierra Leone has activated its Health Emergency Response System to level II (Enhanced
Surveillance, Active Case Finding and robust Community Engagement, following a Press Release from the Government of the Republic of Guinea on Sunday February 14, 2021, confirming seven reported cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) including three deaths.

President Julius Maada Bio instructed the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to inform the general public that even
though there are no reported cases of EVD in Sierra Leone, the government is taking prudent action to
prevent the virus from spreading into the country.

With the border with the Republic of Guinea currently closed, Health Authorities and local stakeholders in
the districts bordering Guinea and Sierra Leone have heighten Ebola surveillance, improving community awareness including appropriate preparedness measures.

Sources in the Ministry of Health say national rapid response teams are being dispatched to provide additional support to the District Health Management Teams and to work very closely with our Guinean counterparts to quickly contain the situation.


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