FREETOWN (AA) – Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, landed in Freetown on Monday as part of a tour of the West African countries worst hit by Ebola.
She will meet President Ernest Bai Koroma and visit the National Ebola Response Center to reiterate the international community’s support for the government’s efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic.
Power was in neighboring Guinea on Saturday where she criticized the tepid international response to the Ebola outbreak so far.
She is expected to leave Sierra Leone for Liberia on Tuesday.
In recent months, Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has killed 4,922 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
A total of 4,912 deaths have been reported in the West African states of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia alone.
According to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, a little over three thousand people have contracted the Ebola virus, with over one thousand deaths recorded since the outbreak.
President Koroma, over the weekend, formally commissioned the opening of a new holding and treatment center in the Port Loko district in northern Sierra Leone.
Port Loko has been categorized as a high transmission area by health officials battling the disease.
The new center is one of the biggest in the country, with a 100-bed capacity and a mortuary facility.
Two more treatment centers and laboratory facilities are expected to become operational within weeks.
Amid the many challenges hampering the fight against Ebola in the country are inadequate health facilities, health personnel and resources.
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