Ebola: What is the role of Africa?

Since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa last year, over 9,000 people have lost their lives. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the disease has been contained. In fact, the number of Ebola cases are declining rapidly.

For Africa, this is good news. At least there is progress in containing and ultimately eliminating the disease. According to health officials, the 2014 outbreak is the worst in the history of the deadly disease since its discovery in 1976. As such, the current fight against the disease has been an uphill battle.

The figures speak for themselves. This was a humanitarian catastrophe. To date 3,686 deaths have been reported in Liberia, 3,199 in Sierra Leon, 1,910 in Guinea and around eight in Nigeria. The total number of reported cases stands at 21,797 according to WHO.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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