Guinea closes SLeone border; SLeone educate residents about ebola during lockdown

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Guinean health officials staffing the border with Sierra Leone said on Friday that many people have crossed over into their country without going through health controls.
In the days leading up to Sierra Leone’s three day lockdown, thousands crossed over into Guinea, health officials said, for fearing that the government would take them away if they were found to have contracted the Ebola virus.
“There are so many people now that some cross the border without going through a checkpoint. We can’t even record their names because they are coming in waves. They cross over through areas under development, the bush, so we warned the authorities about this,” said medical officer Lansana Magasuba.
Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes on Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.
In a desperate effort to bring the outbreak under control, thousands of health care workers began going house to house in crowded urban neighbourhoods and remote villages, hoping to find and isolate infected people.
Locals in Sierra Leone’s Kambia district said there was a climate of fear in the area, saying there were rumours that medical officers would take your blood and give you the Ebola virus.
Locals even believed that the free bars of soap that authorities were handing out carried the Ebola virus.
Local police said the residents of Kambia district had so far obeyed the government imposed lockdown.
Meanwhile the driver of an ambulance used to collect those who showed the symptoms of Ebola said one of the five people he had picked up that day had died.
Four others were in a critical condition at a hospital nearby, he said.
The driver was seen washing his vehicle in a stream that many people used to clean their laundry.
Without any protective clothing the driver was putting himself at risk of contracting the virus from Ebola victims that had used the stream.
More than 2,600 people have died in West Africa over the past nine months in the biggest outbreak of the virus ever recorded, with Sierra Leone accounting for more than 560 of those deaths.

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