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No Ebola Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

Adam Bailes | VOICE OF AMERICA   in  ·
September 29, 2014

MAKENI, SIERRA LEONE—Dozens of very sick people sat on the floor in an empty university building in central Sierra Leone.

They waited in filthy conditions.

With the nearest treatment center a 16-hour drive away in Kailahun, there is no way to treat the sick, despite the likelihood they are infected with Ebola.

According to Osman Bah, the Makeni government hospital director, Ebola cases have spiked in recent weeks.

“More than 100, 150 cases, because we have sent 56 patients to Kailahun,” he said. “This morning we have had more than 100-110 patients.”

This university complex is being used as a makeshift holding facility because the sick people have nowhere else to go.

Highly contagious patients lie in the open.


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