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UN Chief Commits to Help End Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-12-20 17:29:21

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has reaffirmed the UN’s strong commitment to help the country put the Ebola outbreak under control. He paid glowing tribute to the leadership of President Koroma in the handling of the national response to the outbreak, saying that such a good work would have been impossible without a strong and dedicated team.
The UN Scribe also join the president to urge strong social mobilization to engender community involvement by enforcing the byelaws as well (...)

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President Koroma Speaks on Christmas Restrictions

17 December

Address by His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on Restriction of Movement Between Districts During Christmas Period.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, since our country registered its first case of Ebola on the 25th of May 2014, my government has been working tirelessly with its international partners to bring an end to this outbreak.
The outbreak has been a very difficult period for our country. But through out all these difficulties we remain resilient as a people. We have (...)

Port Loko: Information Minister Opens 100-Bed Facility

15 December

By Septimus Kanu, in Port Loko, Northern Sierra Leone.
The Honourable Minister of information & communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu (centre in photo) officially opened a 100-bed facility in Port Loko District for Ebola cases over the weekend. This complex was built by the British.
Backgrounder The West African nation of Sierra Leone is currently afflicted by an epidemic of Ebola virus disease (commonly known as "Ebola"), along with the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia.
On (...)

"We might not use Prince of Wales as Treatment Centre"-Alpha Kanu

by Gibril Koroma - 11 December

Sierra Leone’s Information and Communications Minister, Alhaji Alpha Kanu (photo) has clarified that the ebola treatment centre being built by Medecins Sans Frontieres at the Prince of Wales school in Freetown may not be used because there are other centres being constructed in the Western Area which includes the capital, Freetown, where the school is located. The Prince of Wales is one of the leading secondary schools in the country owned by the government of Sierra Leone.
Kanu was (...)

SLMDA Meets President Koroma

9 December

President Ernest Bai Koroma Monday 8th December met with a cross-section of representatives of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association at State House, Freetown.
The meeting was held to update the president on the outcome of the scientific meeting on Ebola as well the symposium titled, "Rebuilding the Health Care System in Sierra Leone" and to also present resolutions and proposals as the country prepares for a post-Ebola era.
President Koroma described the meeting as significant, (...)

Good News in the Fight Against Corruption in Sierra Leone

9 December

Statement of the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (photo) on the Commemoration of International Anti-Corruption (IAC) Day, 9th December, 2014.
Fellow compatriots,
Today December 9 is the day set aside by the United Nations as the International Anti-Corruption Day. Countries all over the world observe this day by raising people’s awareness on the damaging effects of corruption and what is required for combating and preventing it.
As we (...)

State Opening of Parliament: Presidential Address

8 December

Editor’s Note: This is the full speech delivered by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, in the House of Parliament in Freetown, the capital, last Friday:
Mr. Speaker,
Mr. Vice President,
My Lady Chief Justice,
Ministers of Government,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Excellencies,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
His Worship the Mayor of Freetown,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This time last year, we did not have an Ebola (...)

Re-Opening of Parliament: President Koroma pays tribute to the youth of Sierra Leone

5 December

Mr. Speaker,
Our country is a nation of young people. Youths, defined as those between ages 15 and 35, comprise about a third of the country’s population. Without their participation, their health, and their positive role, our nation is doomed; there would be no present and no future. Without the active participation of youths, we cannot overcome any of the challenges facing this country; without youths we cannot overcome difficulties posed by the Ebola outbreak and without them we (...)

Jim Yong Kim Brings Hope to Sierra Leone

3 December

As part of his tour of the three worst Ebola hit countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the President of the World Bank Group Dr Jim Yong Kim assured President Koroma of the Bank’s continued support to providing the needed response in containing the outbreak. Dr Kim is in the country to show solidarity and commitment to the people of Sierra Leone and finishing the job on Ebola by registering zero new cases.
President Koroma described the visit as encouraging towards not only (...)

President Koroma Hosts Chinese Ebola Point Man

3 December

Speaking at a meeting with the Chinese senior representative for combating Ebola in Africa Mr. Xu Shugiang, President Ernest Bai Koroma lauded the Chinese government for the continued support and commitment to the ongoing fight against the spreading Ebola virus disease (EVD).
President Koroma described the appointment of Xu Shugiang as a significant addition to the intervention of China and applauded the Chinese Government for treating Sierra Leone as a special friend. He stated that the (...)

NERC Condemns Kenema Strike Action

28 November

By Mabel Whenzle, Freetown.
Major (Rtd) Alfred Palo Conteh (right in photo), the Chief Executive Officer of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has outrightly condemned the strike action in the Kenema district by 23 burial team workers seeking their backlog payment for services rendered.
Delivering his statement at the weekly update organised by NERC, Palo Conteh described the move as despicable and totally unforgivable noting that the action undermines efforts towards combating the (...)

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EDITORIAL

Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds of (...)

OPINION

The Truth About Reporting Corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)