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Sombre Christmas, gatherings criminialized in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

Sombre Christmas, gatherings criminialized in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone


FREETOWN Dec 25 (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans celebrated a
sombre Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the
government criminialized traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations
to forestall a widespread of lethal Ebola in a worst-hit country.

Small groups of Christians in grave clothes were permitted
to attend church services, though a family gatherings, beach
parties, concerts and dancing that customarily accompany a holiday
were criminialized to assistance delayed a lethal virus.

Police patrolled a capital’s rambling streets and manned
temperature check points to watch for symptoms of the
haemorrhagic fever. On a radio, musicians who would normally
be behaving during live concerts played Ebola recognition jingles.

“We wish to equivocate strike since of this lethal disease.
It’s required though we am not unequivocally happy. Normally we have a lot
of fun with family and friends, though we only have to stay home,”
said Kadija Kargbo, a cleaner in a collateral Freetown.

She designed to stay indoors and watch films with her
children instead of celebrating during a beach this year.

At a Red Cross diagnosis centre in a eastern city of
Kenema, a tiny organisation of patients collected around a cassette
player listening to Christmas carols, pronounced Jestina Boyle, a
psychosocial partner with a Red Cross.

“Some are sitting and listening and those who are too weak
can hear it from their beds,” pronounced Boyle by write before
doing her morning turn to revisit a sick.

“I will sing gospel for them. we will give them encouraging
words and tell them not to remove hope.”

The centre hold a tiny unison for patients progressing this
week. A helper in full personal protecting apparatus entered the
patient area and danced, holding a hands of dual children. One
patient stood and danced while others watched from their beds.

With some-more than 9,000 cases, Sierra Leone now accounts for
nearly half of a famous cases of Ebola in this year’s West
African outbreak, a misfortune ever. Neighbouring Liberia and
Guinea have also been badly hit.

President Ernest Bai Koroma has announced a new operation to
identify a ill in an bid to delayed a disease’s spread.
Further north in a district of Port Loko, officials have
declared a three-day lockdown and asked residents to stay
indoors.

Sierra Leoneans have a repute for merrymaking in a face
of hardship and bars were mostly heaving during unbroken rebel
incursions into a collateral during some-more than a decade of civil
war that finished in 2002.

“People know about Ebola though we are disturbed that we’ve had
it so prolonged that they normalise a conditions and party,” pronounced OB
Sisay, executive of a conditions room during a National Ebola
Response Centre, explaining a measures.

He pronounced military had perceived instructions to mangle up
gatherings and detain a organisers.

(Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Peter Graff)

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