Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.
With Liberia now Ebola-transmission free, the effort to fight the disease and bring the current outbreak under control appears to have turned a corner. Still, the global community must remain vigilant as the disease continues to spread elsewhere.
When the African nation of Sierra Leone was declared a focal point of the 2014 Ebola epidemic, one of the first countries to respond was China. Since then, Chinese participation in the fight against Ebola has become critically important.
Since 2011, female genital mutilations in Kenya have been an internationally condemned practice. Yet, Somalian families from U.S. and Britain secretly travel to Kenya to have FGM done over the holidays, allowing for healing time for the girls or newborns.
Sierra Leone on Friday lifted crippling nationwide restrictions on movement put in place at the height of the Ebola crisis, amid signs that the deadly epidemic was retreating."Restrictions on movement will be eased to support economic activity.
Procedures for screening nurses and volunteers returning to the U.K. after treating Ebola patients will undergo serious review after one infected nurse boarded a flight from London to Glasgow, despite telling officials she felt sick.
Sierra Leone on Wednesday said health workers would go door-to-door as part of sweeping efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in the west of the country, which has also been hit by a ban on New Year revelries and travel restrictions.
Ebola has taken a backseat to other news stories lately, but the deadly virus is still spreading like a brush fire in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the forested interior of Guinea, according to David Nabarro, the UN's special envoy for Ebola.