AFRICA/SIERRA LEONE - Emergency ebola: on October 4 in just 24 hours 121 deaths and 81 new cases were recorded

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Freetown (Agenzia Fides) - As the World Health Organization updates the data on the victims of Ebola in West Africa in a tragic count that sees the number of victims rise to 3439 out of a total of 7492 cases, Doctors with Africa Cuamm sends two Italian operators to help the other 4 present in Pujehun who coordinate a group of about 200 local operators (see Fides 11/09/2014). We are talking about Dr. Potuto and Dr. Bottecchia, sent as an assistant to the project leader. In a statement sent to Fides Agency by CUAMM reads: "It is like an irrepressible obsession that will not abandon you and does not give you peace. You do not see it, but it is everywhere and chases and persecutes you", said Dr. Potuto. "The data is increasingly negative. Cases increase without social inequality, gender or generation. The victims are men and women, children and elders, clerics and laity, rich and poor, peasants and city dwellers. Everyone seeks a sign of hope, a positive sign, a simple perspective: to return to a normal life, with dignity, at peace with nature", says the doctor.
And here is how Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, is presented in the eyes of Bottecchia: "It is a disoriented Country, the presence of Ebola is everywhere, as soon as you step off a plane one is greeted by chlorinated water to wash your hands, material information about the infection are handed out and there are health check points just after customs controls. In more peripheral areas such as Pujehun, the roads linking a number of small towns scattered throughout the area are at the limit of viability. "Cuamm continues to support the two isolation centers, one hospital in Pujehun, the other in Zimmi. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 08/10/2014)