Sierra Leone – ebola aid row as supplies sit in port

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Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone officials in aid row

A container of aid materials for the fight against Ebola is at the centre of a political row in Sierra Leone.

The $500,000 (£311,000) shipment – which include mattresses, stretchers and protection kits – has been stranded at the port in Freetown for weeks.

Opposition politician Chernor Bah previously told the BBC the government had refused to pay duty on the delivery – something the government denied.

Mr Bah says it is now due to be released after a payment was received.

Earlier a health ministry official said the delivery was approved two weeks ago.

It remains unclear why the aid has not moved from the port in the country’s capital.

More than 3,400 people have died during the current Ebola outbreak, nearly all of them in West Africa. In Sierra Leone the death toll is at least 678.

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