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I am guardedly confident that in the coming weeks we will see a significant decrease in the number of cases but I am also certain that the fight is going to be long and hard to get to zero. Am also certain that it is essential that we will fight and win that fight.” This[…]

President Koroma in his speech to launch the ‘Operation Western Area Surge’ has told the nation that there will be no watch night service on the 31st of December that runs into the 1st of January. President Koroma has made it clear that all service should end by 5pm on the 31st of December. The[…]

National Revenue Authority is embarking on a massive debt collection drive to raise funds for the government as Oranto Petroleum one of the biggest debtors of $5.5 million is now in negotiation to repay the debt. In an interview with the Corporate Affairs Manager Mohamed Bangura said the process to retrieve all debts from the[…]

Two representatives from the United States, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday met with some staff of the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, to discuss and plan before the Ebola trial vaccine and survey, takes off. According to Dr Sarah Meyer, who is a medical epidemiologist at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), by January 2015[…]

Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL) Chief Executive Officer John Sisay few days ago was live on Sky news where he was interviewed by Ian King of Sky news in London, about the Ebola and its impact on mining in Sierra Leone. Ian King wanted to know how SRL was coping at this time of such crisis[…]

European Union has signed a contribution agreement with the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative David McLachlan-Kerr to the tune of 1.1 million Euros (Le7 billion) to support the on-going review of the 1991 Constitution. This support will contribute to enhancing an inclusive process of reform and social cohesion in the country, as well[…]

A care home in Freetown which bears the name “Raining Season” has provided food items to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs on behalf of children who have lost their parents to the deadly Ebola virus. The purpose of the donation is to complement government's efforts to providing food for children whose already impoverished condition has been worsened by the outbreak of the dreadful Ebola disease. According to the Acting Country Director of 'Raining Season,' Michael Ropiecki, he said that more than 7,000 children have been infected and at least 1,200 have died in hard-hit countries according to the United Nations estimate. In Sierra Leone, he said, the exact statistics is still being collated, but that current estimates suggest that at least 400 [...]
The fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country is on the verge of becoming a success story with a decrease in the number of Ebola cases at the Police Training School (PTS) Ebola Treatment centre at Hastings. According to the clinician of PTS1, Lieutenant Dr. Billy A. Sankoh, the number of new cases at PTS is on the decrease with reported cases of 5 or10 patients per day compared to previous months with 60 or more cases daily. Lt Dr. Sankoh noted that presently the 120 bed centre has about fifty-four (54) patients and will discharge about 30 patients over the weekend which he stated is a good sign towards the fight against Ebola. He said if the number of new Ebola cases continues to be on the downward trend and low he is hopeful that the deadly virus will be [...]
The District Medical Officer (DMO) Kenema, Dr. Mohamed Alex Vandi has said that as far as the Ebola fight in the district is concerned, they are on top of situation at the moment. Speaking to the press, Dr. Vandi said with support from the people of Kenema city and the district, their local and international partners including WHO, IRC, TULANE University, WHH, IFRC, the media and the political willingness, they were able to control the spread of the Ebola virus in the district. He said with the surveillance team, burial team, contact tracing and social mobilization team including other sectors, they can now hunt Ebola wherever it appears in the district. The DMO stated that as a district they know where the Ebola virus is currently concentrated and that instead of the waiting [...]
The Kenema District Ebola Task Force has over the weekend issued a statement banning human and vehicular entry into the district especially in the Kenema city. The statement came at the end of a stakeholders' meeting aimed at mitigating further spread of Ebola in the country. The meeting brought together government functionaries, interreligious councils, WHO representative, security personnel and Paramount Chiefs from of the sixteen chiefdoms. They urged themselves to redouble efforts in the fight against the common enemy. In his statement, Resident Minister-East, Maya Moiwo Kaikai described the meeting as “a wakeup call to duty bearers” in the Kenema district to reaffirm their determination to end the Ebola menace. He noted that restricting the movements of people within [...]