Runaway Ebola Patient Strikes Terror
In Sierra Leone, EBOLA has become the main topic of household gossip and most, if not all, Sierra Leoneans now live in constant fear of the dreaded killer disease which is reported to have already claimed many lives in the country.
In the South and Eastern cities of Bo and Kenema, EBOLA has permeated so much fear among the people that many now refuse to shake hands or eat bush meat which are regarded as some of the sources through which the virus is contacted.
Recently in Kenema, an EBOLA patient called, Mohamed Swaray, of no. 6 Sandi Street, reportedly fled the Kenema Government Hospital after being diagnosed EBOLA positive. His escape from the hospital caused alarm, prompting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to issue a press release warning all to beware of the EBOLA escapee and report his presence to prevent him from spreading the virus to others.
Swaray reportedly fled along with his mother and other members of his family and was said to be in Bo, a report which unleashed terror in Bo City where many top government functionaries, including the Deputy Director of Education, John Amara Swaray, now use gloves and disinfectants while at work. Even the bank workers now use gloves while at work. The EBOLA fear has caused authorities of the Serabu Hospital to barricade the entire hospital, banning all visitors.
Earlier, EBOLA terror plunged Bo City into chaos as parents ran helter skelter to take away their children from school following rumours that EBOLA immunizers have immunized to death a pupil of the Tony Blair International Academy. The whole thing turned out to be a false alarm as the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, MEST, and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation later issued a joint press release that no EBOLA immunization team visited any school and no pupil had died of EBOLA immunization.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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