President Declares Cholera Outbreak a National Emergency

Posted: August 17, 2012 in News Stories, Sierra Leone
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President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has today declared the outbreak of cholera a national emergency.

The outbreak, which was first alerted earlier this year by relief agencies has claimed the lives of about 180 people with further 10,000 reported cases.

The government has set up a task force with support from relief organization UNICEF to halt the disease.

Koroma says the disease might claim more lives if the outbreak is not curtailed.

His announcement, though, has brought fear among the local population


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