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An opposition Member of Parliament representing constituency 02 in Kailahun, Hon. Mustapha Brima has expressed displeasure over the Presidential Address, citing the President’s failure to recognise the efforts of the media in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease. As Members of Parliament discussed the Presidential Address, issues contained in the speech are surfacing every[…]

National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) Coordinator, Steve Gaojia, yesterday disclosed to jounalists, that as present, there are 65 patients in over 1,700 beds all over the country, which has given rise to the revisiting of hazard pay. Explaining about the hazard pay, the coordinator said because they are now chasing Ebola, the rate of infection[…]

Ebola Volunteers have scaled up surveillance activities in the Western Area with the intensification of their house-to-house search programme that aims at weeding out the sick hiding in homes and mobilizing communities to defeat the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as its infection rate drops. The Devil Hole Community was recently an Ebola hotspot where many[…]

As it was in Makeni, so the challenges in Lunsar were no different, and there’s urgent need for the new management of Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) to rehabilitate and provide logistics in order to make life comfortable for both staff and customers. This was the situation as the Board and management of EDSA[…]

A-two day training on Ebola prevention for 100 Sierra Leone Correctional Services Officers with support from Goal Sierra Leone through Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) has ended at the Government Secondary School campus along Combema Road in Kenema. In his opening statement, the Regional Director-East, Correctional Services, Ahmed A. Turay said the training aimed at[…]

A Member of Parliament from Moyamba district, Hon. Veronica Kadie Sesay did not mince words in her outright condemnation of the President and the Local Government Minister’s recent assertions of taking back Staff of office from Paramount Chiefs, if they (government), experiences any rampage in Ebola cases in their respective chiefdoms. Speaking to Awoko at[…]

Teachers and civil society organisations in the country have converged at GGEM Building along John Street in Freetown, to discuss the current status of education in the country, while at the same time raising concern on the President's proclamation of plans to re-open schools with the decreased number of Ebola cases. While deliberating on plans for coalition activities in the district that will inform national strategy for 2015 to 2019, it was deemed important to also reflect on the changes in education as a result of Ebola, and to develop post-Ebola response plans, especially as modalities are being put in place to re-open schools. But while the government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology develops its plans to re-open schools, teachers and coalition [...]
As Kailahun joined Pujehun in celebrating over 42 days zero Ebola period, the District Medical Officer (DMO) James Squire, is presently seeking refuge in Freetown after being accused and attacked by disgruntled health volunteers for allegedly misappropriating their hazard incentives. This was discovered during a visit to the District to observe the zero 42 days Ebola free period. Now in Kailahun, it was clearly evident that it is the District Health Sister that is acting on behalf of the DMO, who is presently fighting hard for the hazard money to be paid as quickly as possible. According to Ibrahim Sannoh, who introduced himself as an ambulance driver, since the start of the out-break but was recently redundant due to the decreasing number of positive Ebola cases in the [...]
To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus. We have come this far in the Ebola fight amidst very challenging controversies, ambiguities, contradictions ironies and paradoxes. Surely we are nearing the end of this arduous and gruelling journey. Indeed we are badly bruised and quite down but of course definitely not out. Simply we are winning the battle. We have already started transitioning albeit with dexterous caution. In the Ministry of Health and Sanitation series of meetings have been going on and a lot of planning is on to make our health system up to the task of being resilient and sustainable. It is a difficult task but it is more than worth doing. Just last Thursday and Friday, The ministry got together almost 200 people drawn from the Ministry of Health and [...]
The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) formerly, the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) is rebranding itself given its recent change of nomenclature to a national roads safety authority from a roads transport authority. As the name implies, the authority now focuses on the safe use of roads across the country in order to minimize the occurrence of road accidents. Officials of the authority were in Kenema last week to inform stakeholders about this change in name and to sell out the authority's new mandate as a way of fostering cooperation with and amongst stakeholders, especially road users. At the meeting at the city council hall, Deputy Provincial Secretary-East, Samuel Bangura said that the institutional framework for promoting road safety in the country [...]