ACCRA by Emmanuel Osei
The grave socio-economic effect of the Ebola virus on Sierra Leone does not receive the attention it needs. Sierra Leone, one of West African states severely affected by the Ebola virus, was declared Ebola free following 42 days of no new cases on 7th November 2015, at a ceremony attended by President Ernest Bai Koroma and U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) representative Anders Nordstrom.
Historically, the Ebola virus disease first appeared in 1976. It appeared simultaneously in Nzara, Sudan (with 53% deaths), along the River Ebola – from which the disease takes its name, and in Yambuku (Democratic Republic of Congo, with 88% deaths), where it infected over 284 people and 318 people respectively. Sadly, any attempt to trace Ebola’s natural source proved futile. Between 2014 and 2016, West Africa experienced the worst and most complex Ebola outbreak since its discovery in 1976