Sierra Leone readies for controversial ‘Ebola’ lockdown – 6 million people confined to their homes for three days

September 2014FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Sierra Leone prepared Thursday, September 18, for an unprecedented 3-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic. The population of six million will be confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) going into Friday as almost 30,000 volunteers go door-to-door uncovering patients and bodies hidden in people’s homes. “Rain or shine, the shutdown exercise is going to go ahead. During the three days… the job is going to get done,” said Steven Gaojia, head of the government’s emergency operation centre. The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola has claimed more than 500 lives in Sierra Leone, one of three countries at the epicenter of the epidemic which has so far killed almost 2,500. “Ose to Ose Ebola Tok – house-to-house Ebola talk” in the widely-spoken Krio language – will see more than 7,000 volunteer teams of four visiting the country’s 1.5 million homes. They will hand out bars of soap and information on how to prevent infection, as well as setting up “neighborhood watch”-style community Ebola surveillance teams. The government has said the teams will not enter people’s homes and are not tasked with collecting patients or bodies, but will call emergency services or burial teams “if by chance the teams happen to bump into such situations.” Extra beds have been set up at schools and hospitals across the country, including 200 around Freetown, with the government projecting a 15 to 20 percent upsurge of cases as new patients are discovered.
Curfew ‘could backfire badly.’ The ministry of health has enlisted 14 burial teams across the Western Area, which includes the capital, and a fleet of motorcyclists to bike specimens from dead bodies straight to laboratories. Community activists and civil society leaders have been recruited to help thousands of police and soldiers enforce the curfew. Health workers, the emergency services and other security forces will be exempt, along with the media and other professionals deemed key workers, while air passengers have been given special dispensation to get to Freetown’s airport. The president was due to launch the shutdown in a televised address to the nation expected on Thursday evening which he has asked tribal chiefs to repeat across the country. Experts warned however that coercive measures to stem the epidemic, such as confining people to their homes, could backfire badly and would be extremely hard to implement effectively. Jean-Herve Bradol, a former director of medical aid group Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF) and an emergency physician with experience of working in Africa, said the goal seemed “highly unrealistic. The country doesn’t have the capacity to visit every household in just three days,” he told the Agence France-Presse (AFP). MSF, known in the English-speaking world as Doctors Without Borders, said health workers would find it extremely difficult to accurately identify cases through door-to-door screening. It warned that lockdowns and quarantines may end up driving people underground “and jeopardize the trust between people and health providers. This leads to the concealment of potential cases and ends up spreading the disease further,” it said in a statement. –Rappler
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12 Responses to Sierra Leone readies for controversial ‘Ebola’ lockdown – 6 million people confined to their homes for three days

  1. sheryl says:

    I very much hope that when the workers who are arriving from other countries return home, they are given a 21 day quarantine and that they are not allwed to fly back on public transportation.These people will be going door to door in infected areas and thus will be exposed to Ebola. The virus can take up to 21 days to exibit symptoms in an affected person.
    We have seen several doctors in full protective gear get ill with Ebola and some die as a result.
    They were not careless in their approach since they knew their lives were at stake.
    If caution is not used, we could see the spread of Ebola to every country that is now sending thousands of their people to “help”.
    To say this could back-fire is an understatment.
    Something must be done and I pray this helps, not hurts.


  2. stevesmitty79 says:

    Lockdown or “shelter in place” routine to get you to restrict movement. While this is under good intentions, it will not be effective enough to make a difference. People who are symptomatic with Ebola and know it are saying to Hell with rules and are fleeing the country for better medical care and damn whoever gets exposed in the process.


  3. Brimmer79 says:

    There has been so much talk about this outbreak, and the death toll. Every article I have read always has a total # of people whom have contracted or passed. I have noticed the #’s seem to have paused… That worries me. What are they not sharing?


    • Yellow Bird says:

      in addition, what is behind Sierra Leone inexplicably publishing a much higher “survival rate” …their percentages have consistently shown as the reverse of the percentages published for the other 2 highly affected countries.
      something else being misrepresented


  4. Reba says:

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  6. John says:

    Is it possible, as thousands of government workers walk around these endemic neighborhoods and shake hands with thousands of potentially infected individuals that they too may become infected? Or, are they going to be going door to door in space suits handing out soap and information? It gets pretty hot in a space suit at the African equatorial plane.


  7. jim says:

    An article I just read said if they locked down these countries and basicly let the virus burn itself out by killing all the people there. What a world it also said by the end of the year it could infect around 300,000


    • Yellow Bird says:

      …of course what is being discussed is plainly genocide. “We must sacrifice THEM to save US” Cowardice cleverly masked as pragmatism


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