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Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown FREETOWN: Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.Most of Sierra Leone's six million people have been confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) on Friday, with only essential workers such as health professionals and security forces exempt.Almost 30,000 volunteers are going door-to-door to educate locals and hand out soap, in an exercise expected to lead to scores more patients and bodies being discovered in homes.But independent observers have voiced concerns over the quality of advice being given out, deeming the shutdown a "mixed success" in the Western Area, the region that includes the capital. Freetown."While the supervisors were well trained, the visiting teams to families in some parts in the Western Area had poor training and could not deliver the information properly," ...

Tunisia president Marzouki declares re-election bid TUNIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced on Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.Marzouki, a fierce opponent of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, formally presented his candidacy at the offices of the electoral authority, watched on by journalists.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US says no Ebola patient contact for troops in Liberia WASHINGTON: US troops heading to Liberia to help fight the Ebola epidemic will help train health workers but will have no "direct contact" with patients infected with the virus, the Pentagon said Friday.The 3,000-strong contingent due to deploy to Liberia will carry protective gear, but "there's no intent right now for them to have direct contact with patients," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.He said the first US military cargo plane arrived in Monrovia ...
Lagos building collapse survivor recounts ordeal LAGOS: A Nigerian man on Friday claimed that he spent over 24 hours under the rubble of a Lagos church building, blaming "Satan" rather than structural failure for the collapse believed to have killed at least 84 people.Taiwo Taiwo was among 131 people pulled from the remains of the guesthouse for foreign followers of preacher TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which collapsed on September 12.All those who died came from South Africa, ...
Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries BERLIN: Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.Germany's armed forces will send up to 100 soldiers to a joint base in Dakar and from there two German Transall military transport planes will fly supplies to affected countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the ...
Seven killed as Ugandans, South Sudanese clash at border KAMPALA: At least seven people were killed in a string of clashes either side of Uganda and South Sudan's border, a remote area plagued by cattle rustling and conflicts over territory, Uganda's military said. The fighting started on Thursday when South Sudanese gunmen detained Ugandan local government officials carrying out a census, accusing them of straying into South Sudanese territory, said Uganda's military spokesman Paddy Ankunda. That triggered demonstrations in the Ugandan border town of ...
Ebola infections cross 5000 mark in West Africa: WHO ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly said that the number of people infected by the Ebola virus in West Arica has crossed 5,000.The United Nations agency confirmed that while the number of suspected and confirmed cases stands at 5,335 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the death toll has risen to 2 622, News 24 reported.The number of people infected and killed by Ebola infection is the highest in Liberia, WHO said.Copyright APP ...

 



 
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