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Sierra Leone bishop on Ebola: the disease has gone but it isn't over

Thu 18 Feb 2016
By Marcus Jones

A bishop from Sierra Leone has been telling Premier that Ebola is still having an effect on his community despite the epidemic no longer being out of control.

Rt Revd Emmanuel Tucker is in the UK raising awareness of how the Church in the region responded and how it is continuing to support and rebuild communities after the crisis.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Church of England's General Synod, hosted by the charity Us, he said: "Ebola is over but it isn't over. The impact of Ebola on the people is still great.

"We have orphans, we have people who've been stigmatised. We still need to teach others."

AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File


The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Ebola has killed more than 11,000 people since then, the vast majority of them in West Africa.

Ebola first emerged in rural Guinea in December 2013, then spread to the country's capital and across borders to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The outbreak has officially been stopped however WHO says the world cannot yet be fully declared free of the disease.

Bishop Emmanuel said some good has come out of the outbreak as people of different faiths have come together.

He said: "We are united. We forgot about our differences and moved together attacking this enemy which is not seen.

"We planned together, we moved together and now a lot of things we are doing jointly."

Over 28,000 suspected cases arose out of the epidemic although officials say that figure undermines the affect the disease had on the continent,

Health experts claim small outbreaks of the disease may occur in the future, and vigilance should be maintained.

Listen to Bishop Emmanuel speaking to Premier's Antony Bushfield:

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