11 October 2012

Sierra Leone: 'No New Cholera Cases' - Abdulai Bayraytay Affirms

Photo: Anna Jefferys/IRIN
A mother washes her child in Kroo Bay slum in Freetown, where access to basic sanitation is severely limited and cholera outbreaks are regular occurrences.

National outreach and publicity adviser in the office of the government spokesman last Thursday stated that as of October 1, 2012, there were no new cases of cholera reported.

Abdulai Bayraytay told newsmen at the weekly Ministry of Information and Communications press briefing that government's response to the epidemic has been very successful and that the infection rate has been stemmed.

Mr. Bayraytay commended President Koroma for declaring cholera as a public health emergency and for later establishing the special Presidential Task Force, which he reckoned has been of great help in dealing with the outbreak.

"It was no mistake that President Koroma declared cholera as a public health emergency," noted the national outreach and publicity adviser. "The president should be commended for setting-up the Presidential Task Force that is gradually bringing the menace to an end."

He maintained that the previous cases remain as 20,645 reported infection cases and 278 death cases nationwide. He added that it is a huge incentive that the Presidential Task Force is working hard and meeting the expectations of Sierra Leoneans in fighting cholera out of the country.

Their efforts, he said, have been very fruitful.

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