Sierra Leone has failed to meet the Mano River Union deadline set for zero ebola cases come April 16. On that very date, Sierra Leone recorded three new cases.
Presidents Ernest Koroma, Alpha Konde and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf met in Guinea, Conakry in February this year and set April 16 as the date that all three ebola affected countries must record zero new cases.
But on Thursday, April 16, by which date the three Mano River Union (MRU) countries should have recorded zero new cases, only Liberia met the deadline as they have been recording zero cases for over a week before the date.
Her sister state, Guinea, also failed to meet the deadline and both countries are still struggling with how to contain the virus.
The CEO of NERC, Alfred Palo Conteh recently confirmed neighbouring Liberia was “doing very well” with efforts to combat the virus, whilst by his assessment, Sierra Leone was doing “reasonably well’ as in the last week the country recorded only seven cases.
For Guinea, he said they need to learn from Liberia and Sierra Leone so that they can end the virus sooner rather than later.
In a brief chat with Head of Communications at NERC, Sidi Yaya Tunis, he said they are aware that the country has failed to meet the MRU April 16 zero case deadline, but according to Tunis, it was all disrupted by just an unfortunate case that cropped up at the Mo Wharf.
“We have been doing very well in all the epicenters and suddenly we were shocked with the Mo Wharf infection that has been the only place we have been having in the last six days,” Tunis stated, adding that NERC has put the situation under control and expressed hope of a start of zero case recording in the country afresh.
He said at present, they are treating every case as an event because any one case can have a drawback of up to 13 other cases. He said they are on top of the situation and will definitely bring the virus to a logical end soonest.
He said all the suspected cases that have been reported in Kailahun and Makeni have all been tested and results proved negative.
“Those results were very good for the country and the districts, because they have done all they could to make their districts free of the virus,” Tunis stated.