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Ebola fight: Sierra Leone takes new approach

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Sierra Leone has announced a major shift in its plans to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in that country.



President Ernest Bai Koroma says effective immediately his defence minister will head the National Ebola Response Centre, a newly-created agency that will take over responsibility for coordinating Sierra Leone’s response to disease.



It replaces the National Operations Centre, which was headed by the country’s health minister.



The new agency will report directly to Koroma and will have full powers to combat the disease and ensure effective use of aid supplies.



The latest Ebola outbreak has killed close to 1,200 people in Sierra Leone and more than 4,500 across West Africa.



Seeking to justify the change, the Sierra Leone President says people are dying and quick decisions had to be taken.



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