Pros and cons of Sierra Leone ebola lockdowns

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

IRIN

By John Sahr Sahid

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) – As part of Sierra Leone’s bid to combat Ebola, the entire population of more than six million people was obliged to stay at home for up to three days straight on two occasions during the past year.

Officials say the lockdowns – dozens more have also taken place in localised “hot zones” – do much to achieve the government’s goal of reaching zero cases of the Ebola virus, but poor Sierra Leoneans can barely afford to miss several days of vital earnings in a row.

“Our aim is to first identify all cases, all people showing signs of illness or fever, and then test them for Ebola or other illness,” said Paolo Conteh, chief executive officer for the National Ebola Response Center…

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