Sierra Leone's President addresses media on Ebola   2014-08-14 00:06:10            

FREETOWN, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday addressed the media on his government's response to the outbreak of Ebola that has gripped the country.

The President disclosed that the total national response plan needed to address the Ebola virus is estimated at 25.9 million U.S. dollars but so far the government has only received 7.6 million dollars.

Koroma told the press that the government has allocated 49.9 billion leones (about 11.3 million U.S. dollars) to fight the virus and received 11.56 billion leones from other local institutions.

The World Health Organization has also donated 290,000 dollars, according to the President.

He reiterated his appeal to the international community to do more as Ebola has been declared an international health emergency, "underscoring that every little response will go a long way to help in combating the disease."

He maintained that the greatest hurdle in the campaign is transmission and lack of efficient contact tracing.

He explained that for now there are only two treatment centers, one in Kenema and one in Kailahun,.

However, he disclosed that the government plans to relocate the treatment center in government hospital in Kenema to a more isolated location.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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