Showing posts from October, 2014

In the time of Ebola | Flying While Sierra Leonean

On Thurs, Oct. 9, United Kingdom's Chief Medical Officer announced enhanced screening arrangements at the main ports of entry for people travelling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. "Enhanced screening will initially be implemented at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Eurostar terminals and will involve assessing passengers’ recent travel history, who they have been in contact with and onward travel arrangements as well as a possible medical assessment, conducted by trained medical personnel rather than Border Force staff. Passengers will also be given advice on what to do should they develop symptoms later." Today's story is from a Sierra Leonean-born  public health professional who investigates patterns and causes of disease in humans. Dr. Osman Sankoh, who writes under the pen name (Mallam O) works to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy. In this blog, he describes