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  • WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won't comment on reported flaws 2 days ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough. The WHO said in a statement that...
  • Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse 2 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the...
  • Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in West Africa: WHO 4 days ago

    Monrovia: A total of 4,493 people have died from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO said a total of 8,997 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola had been reported in...
  • Britain begins Ebola screening at London's Heathrow airport 6 days ago

    London: Britain began screening passengers arriving at London's busiest airport from West Africa for signs of the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday. Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that Britain could expect to see "a handful" of Ebola cases over the next three months, partly due to its status as...
  • Ebola: 10,000 new cases per week could be seen, says WHO 6 days ago

    Geneva: A World Health Organization official says there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months. WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward says if the response to the Ebola crisis isn't stepped up within 60 days, "a lot more people will die" and there will...
  • UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed October 9, 2014

    Washington: The presidents of three Ebola-stricken West African nations sought an immediate outpouring of money, doctors and hospital beds, and representatives nations gathered at a World Bank meeting promised to send more aid quickly, including a pledge of medical evacuations for health care responders who catch the virus. "Our people...
  • Ebola scare: US adds extra level of airport screening October 9, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and suspenders" approach - an extra level of screening at five major US airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and...
  • First person diagnosed with Ebola in US dies in Texas hospital October 8, 2014

    Dallas: A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a Texas hospital on Wednesday, his case having put health authorities on alert for the deadly virus spreading outside of West Africa. About 48 people who had direct or indirect contact with the...
  • Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted: WHO October 2, 2014

    Geneva: The death toll from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people out of 7,178 cases in West Africa as of September 28, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. It said the total number of new cases had fallen for a second week, but warned against reading...
  • UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana September 29, 2014

    Dakar: The UN mission to combat Ebola is opening its headquarters in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the West African crisis. The head of the mission, Anthony Banbury, and his team are expected to arrive on Monday in Ghana's capital, Accra. The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency...
  • IMF approves $130 million for Ebola-hit West African nations September 27, 2014

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF)on Friday approved a total of 130 million dollars to help Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone nations to tackle the virus' outbreak. The IMF said the financing would be made available to the three countries immediately, in addition to the assistance provided for them under...
  • Ebola: Sierra Leone quarantines a million people September 26, 2014

    Freetown: Sierra Leone has put three more districts under isolation in a bid to halt spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), taking the number of people quarantined in the African country to more than a million, media reports said on Thursday. President Ernest Bai Koroma in a nationwide radio and...
  • Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown September 24, 2014

    Freetown: Health teams that went door-to-door in Sierra Leone found 130 confirmed cases of Ebola during a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the disease, an official said, as authorities consider repeating the unprecedented exercise. About 70 more suspected cases are still being tested, said Deputy Minister for Political...
  • Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO September 24, 2014

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, the WHO said, warning that hundreds of thousands could be infected by the end of the year. The UN agency said in a report that new cases would surge from hundreds each week to thousands without...
  • Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown September 21, 2014

    Freetown, Sierra Leone: Volunteers going door to door during a threeday lockdown intended to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone say some residents are growing increasingly frustrated and complaining about food shortages. Samuel Turay, 21, said on Sunday that people in poorer neighborhoods of the capital, Freetown, were upset that handouts of...
  • Ebola death toll climbs to 2,461 out of 4,985 cases: WHO September 17, 2014

    Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected nearly 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organisation said. The UN health agency said a total of 4,985 people had been infected across five west African countries, and that 2,461 had died....
  • Sierra Leone: 4th doctor dies of Ebola September 14, 2014

    Freetown: A top medical official in Sierra Leone on Sunday said that a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed to the Associated Press that Dr Olivet Buck has died. Sierra Leone...
  • Sierra Leone to have lockdown amid Ebola crisis September 6, 2014

    Freetown, Sierra Leone: A Sierra Leone government spokesman says the country is going to put the entire country into lockdown for three days later this month to try to stop the spread of Ebola. Abdulai Bayraytay said on Saturday that the government will order people to stay inside their homes on...
  • WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola August 27, 2014

    Freetown: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst ever outbreak of the disease. At least 1,427 people...
  • Two year jail terms for hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone August 22, 2014

    Freetown (Sierra Leone): Sierra Leone, battling a deadly outbreak of Ebola, passed a law on Friday that will see anyone harbouring a victim of the disease facing a twoyear jail term. The attorney general announced the new measure as a top parliamentarian lashed out at neighbouring countries for failing to do...
  • 5 arrivals in India found to have contact history with Ebola cases August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Five persons out of a total of 145 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from Ebola virusaffected countries in the last 24 hours were found to have contact history with positive cases of the disease, the health ministry said. The details of the said five passengers have...
  • It's ethical to try untested Ebola medicines: UN August 12, 2014

    Madrid: The World Health Organisation on Tuesday declared that it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. The statement from the UN health agency came amid a worldwide debate over the medical ethnics surrounding the Ebola outbreak,...
  • West African Ebola outbreak death toll reaches 1,013: WHO August 12, 2014

    Dakar: The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has reached 1,013 after another 52 people died in the three days to August 9 in three West African countries, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The largest number of reported new deaths were in Liberia, where 29 people...
  • Man under observation for Ebola virus found healthy: Government August 10, 2014

    Chennai/New Delhi: A 26yearold man, who was kept under observation at a government hospital in Chennai for "screening and observation" for Ebola virus on his return from an African country, has been found healthy, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. "The Department of Health, Government of Tamil Nadu, has...
  • Ebola virus can spread like forest fire, US warns July 30, 2014

    Washington: The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said on Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,...
  • Sierra Leone, England win in Kabbadi World Cup December 4, 2013

    Gurdaspur: Sierra Leone Wednesday registered a decisive win defeating Scotland 5825 in mens' Kabadi during the ongoing fourth World Cup Kabadi here. In womens' event England defeated Mexico 4529. In the third match Pakistan defeated Denmark 7722. Inaugurating the World Cup, Gurcharan Singh Babbehali, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Nirmal Singh Kahlon, former...
  • 'Top awardwinning writers at Jaipur lit fest' January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: A starstudded lineup of international writers, including Commonwealth Prize winner Aminatta Forna from Sierra Leone, Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson and Orange Prize winners Linda Grant and Madeline Miller, will lend glamour to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival Feb 2428. Commenting on the international lineup Friday, festival codirector and...
  • Graham Greene inspired me: Tim Butcher January 5, 2011

    London: Following the footsteps of author Graham Greene through remote rainforest and malarial swamps in some of the most dangerous parts of Africa was a challenge Tim Butcher relished for his latest book. The Cape Townbased writer's new book "Chasing the Devil" is an account of his attempt to rediscover a...
  • Man demands Rs 15 lakh to send wife's dead body back June 26, 2008

    New Delhi: The husband of a 33yearold woman Preeti Raisinghani, who committed suicide in a West African country, is allegedly demanding Rs 15 lakh from her parents to send her body home to India. Preeti allegedly committed suicide in Sierra Leone on May 27 and her body has since been...
  • Don't ignore problem of child mortality: Beckham January 23, 2008

    New Delhi: England football star David Beckham has finished his trip to Sierra Leone as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund. After completing his trip Beckham said that whatever he had seen in the west African country had brought home to him the urgency of the problem of...