The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday Sierra Leone and Guinea saw an increase in the number of Ebola cases during the week ending June seventh.
The WHO said 16 new cases were found in Guinea, while 15 more were found in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone chief medical officer Dr. Brima Kargbo said the challenge facing his country is Ebola patients who escape quarantined homes to seek treatment from traditional herbalists, which he said only contributes to the further spread of the virus.
“[In] week 22 and 23, we saw an increase in the number of cases compared to week 20, 21, and I think week 19. We had, in week 19, about four cases, then week 20 about two, and week 21, about one case. Then, in week 22, we had nine cases and in week 23 we had 15 cases. So, that is why they say we are now seeing an increase in the number of new cases,” he said.
Kargbo said traditional practices continue to be an impediment to Sierra Leone’s attempt to control the further spread of the Ebola virus.