On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

As the Public Account Committee (PAC) starts its hearing on the Auditor General’s Report on the management of Ebola funds, officials from the Ministry of Health (MOHS) together with those from the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) yesterday confirmed that cheques totalling one billion six hundred and seventy million Leones (Le 1.6 bn) have been[…]

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Rtd. Palo Conteh has said in no uncertain terms that nobody in Sierra Leone should have dispensation on burials. He said if those at the slums are buried the ebola way, it should be the same for those in the corridors of power. CEO[…]

As part of their continuous effort in supporting people in quarantine homes within the Western Urban/Rural areas, the Network for HIV Positive in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS) over the weekend distributed food and non-food items to over 135 house-holds in Aberdeen and Murray Town. Among the items distributed includes half bag onions, 1 dozen laundry soap,[…]

As part of their contributions to end the Ebola virus, a Christian-based Organisation- Eternity Ministry through a Non-Governmental Organisation; TEDEWOSIL has supported 20 Ebola Orphans, and five quarantined homes in Kissi Town, Waterloo at the Western Area Rural. The team led by Victor Brandon, with two of his members, Reverend Raymond Warburton and Scott Manga[…]

Nigeria High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi yesterday 25th February received Humanitarian Award from the Diaspora Focus Group in honour of her tremendous work towards the ebola fight. The Director of Diaspora Focus Group, Emmanuel J M Stafford overwhelmingly praised the Nigerian High Commissioner for her relentless and assiduous efforts in the fight[…]

Norwegian Health Minister Bent Hoie yesterday commended the Sierra Leone government and international partners for the way they have managed the ebola fight and said this is the most crucial period of the battle. He made this statement yesterday at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko hotel where he met cross section of the press. He[…]

The Bo District on Tuesday February 24 reached 42 days without getting any recorded positive case of the deadly Ebola Virus that continues to plague the country. The District last recorded a positive case on the 13th of January 2015 while the last patient that was discharged at the Medicines Sans Frontiers' Ebola Management Centre at Bandajuma along the Bo-Kenema highway was on the 26th of January 2015. The treatment centre which was the first to be opened in the Southern Region has a bed capacity of 104 with 64 being for Contingency while the remaining 40 is the total available bed capacity. The MSF centre has since its inception in September of last year admitted 482 Ebola positive patients and 270 of that number were cured while 171 died. As it stands now, all the 104 beds [...]
The Multi Sector Impact Assessment of Gender Dimensions of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone has discovered that with the outbreak of the virus this brought to a halt to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a practise that has been going on for very long time in the country both government and International Organisation has tried to put a stop to it or allow to be done by consent of children and they have even gone to the extent of establishing a recreational facilities for the “Soweis”. But this has not been eliminated. This practice has been regarded as having negative implications during child birth. However with the ebola outbreak, the Assessment welcomes this development as “FGM     is detrimental to the reproductive health of women and girls. This [...]
The Freetown Diocese of the Anglican Mission in Sierra Leone has concluded a one day Training of Trainers session with their teachers in the Municipality of Makeni in the North of the country as part of their readiness for the re-opening of schools. The focal person for the training Reverend Canon L.B. Rogers Wright said the training came as a result of the fact that schools will be re-opening and as a mission they are preparing their teachers to be able to respond to emergency especially with their pupils. He said the training of trainers is first of series of many workshops conducted by the Anglican Mission for their members and teachers across the country in a bid to capacitate them in the area of crisis, emergency and other related topic. The mission has well established [...]
Life can be sometimes very deceptive. Many a times what is rosy at the rise of the sun withers at the setting of the same sun. Laws are normally expected to guide the judiciary and protect the populace. But for Sierra Leone the non-compliance with and the non- enforcement of our laws has and is still costing us even our lives. To complicate the issues further there is so much overlaps and ambiguities in our laws. Take for example the retirement age. We hear civil service is allowed 65 years but 60 years for others. There are also conflicts over role relationships. Like I always say, unless and until there is a conscious alignment between the various statutory provisions for statecraft, we will continue to have tensions over who does what. Some years ago when the Vice Presidency [...]