Sensitisation Session Saturday in Newton

The Newton Committee organised an Ebola Sensitization Workshop in Newton, attended by around 200 individuals.  The Western Area of Sierra Leone is still giving great cause for concern, whilst cases in the rest of the country are declining. This effort by the committee has been funded by contributions from supporters of the Olney-Newton Link and is much appreciated.

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The UN Special Envoy on Ebola Dr. David Nabarro said today that the first area of concern was western Sierra Leone, in particular, the capital Freetown, and Port Loko, where there are high levels of transmission and “a much more intense response” is needed. 

He did say that some of the most experienced Ebola responders in the world were working in that area, together with UNMEER’s “Western Area Surge team,” the Government, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to ensure there were enough beds and burial teams. The UN envoy explained the logistical difficulty of staffing the Ebola treatment units with 300 beds that require some 300 people. The staff needed to change shifts every three to four hours because of the heat of the protective clothing, and each changeover was a dangerous moment, as was each interaction with patients, particularly with needles.