Sierra Leone students back to school after long Ebola closure

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The school doors are back open in Sierra Leone following the region’s deadly Ebola outbreak. Students are returning to the halls for the first time in eight months, and are following strict Ebola

Sierra Leone students back to school after long Ebola closure

The school doors are back open in Sierra Leone following the region’s deadly Ebola outbreak.

Students are returning to the halls for the first time in eight months, and are following strict Ebola prevention measures.

Temperature reading has become the norm for the country’s 1.8 million children.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JANET TUCKER, CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST OF EDUCATION, SAYING:

“We know that the Ebola virus is still around, but that notwithstanding, children need to go back to school.”

Ebola has killed more than 10,500 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia since the epidemic began in December 2013.

Teachers and aid workers say lingering fears of the disease are likely to keep attendance low for some time.

But the students who have returned are taking every precaution.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FAVOUR KIWESI ANKU, STUDENT, SIERRA LEONE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SAYING:

“After play, wash your hands. If you are out of the bathroom, wash your hands again. That’s how you’ll be safe from Ebola.”

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ISLAHU DEEN ADESINA, STUDENT AT SIERRA LEONE GRAMMAR SCHOOL:

“You should always avoid body contact, touching touching, because Ebola can be spread through blood sweat and other things such as your saliva.”

New weekly cases in the country dropped to just 9 earlier this month, down from more than 500 at its peak in December.

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