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Waiting for help in eastern Sierra Leone

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:27

Transport shortages for Ebola patients hinder aid efforts in Sierra Leone's remote Kono District. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A suspected Ebola patient is waiting for relief in Sierra Leone. There is now at least some refuge in the Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone. But with a shortage of ambulances the question is where to go from here. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY MANAGER FOR RED CROSS OPERATIONS IN KENEMA AND KONO DISTRICTS, EIRIK LUNDBLAD, SAYING: "There are currently two ambulances in the district, covering the entire district. Last I heard was about 360,000 people living in Kono District. These ambulances are going shuttle between here and Kenema with Ebola patients, a drive that takes a full day. Meaning that there's a severe lack of transport and a severe lack of ambulances here in the district." And the drivers are not immune. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY MANAGER FOR RED CROSS OPERATIONS IN KENEMA AND KONO DISTRICTS, EIRIK LUNDBLAD, SAYING: "Some days back, one of the ambulance drivers got infected himself and unfortunately died of Ebola. The driver that took over also got infected so for a while it was ambulances without available drivers, which of course creates an additional challenge and it creates fear among the staff." Sierra Leone is at the heart of the world's worst outbreak of Ebola, which now accounts for more than half of the more than 18,000 confirmed cases.

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Waiting for help in eastern Sierra Leone

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:27