Health Ministry to send public health officer to Sierra Leone to help with Ebola efforts

SINGAPORE - The Health Ministry will be sending a local representative to Sierra Leone to assist the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the fight against Ebola.

A public health officer will join the Ebola Support Team of the WHO's Western Pacific Regional Office.

The representative will work with experts to analyse surveillance information on suspected and confirmed Ebola cases, but will not be involved in the care of patients.

The Health Ministry will remain in close contact with the officer for all six weeks of the stint.

The Ebola Support Team was launched in January, and aims to provide technical and administrative support to ongoing efforts to control the disease.

According to the WHO, there have been a total of 26,277 reported confirmed, probable, and suspected Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 10,884 reported deaths.