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Freetown Records 20 Ebola Cases in 2 days
In the last 48 hours, the Western Area of Sierra Leone housing the capital city of Freetown, has recorded 20 new laboratory confirmed Ebola patients. In an urban setting within an overcrowded capital, this number in just 2 days, is frightening. To make matters worse, the number does not include corpses around Freetown which have also been tested for Ebola. An exasperated Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sarian Kamara was shown on television this week appealing for people to “stop throwing dead bodies on the streets”. She begged Freetown residents to “leave your dead bodies in your houses” until the Ministry arrived to collect dead bodies from the houses. She lamented that “Everyday, we are being called about dead bodies in the streets”.
Sep 12, 2014, 17:16
Please Re-Open FIBank in Kailahun
Sierra Leone is calling on the rest of the world to treat the country fairly. Even though active viral transmission is ongoing inside the country, we want the rest of the world to treat us normally as if we are not virus-laden. We want airlines to fly in and for commercial business to resume.
Sep 5, 2014, 17:20
Sierra Leone: Don’t Blame International Community; Blame Deceit and Denials!
Many who know how the international world reacts, tell this paper that down-playing of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone plus denial by some officials are responsible for slower than anticipated response from international community. For example, neighbouring Liberia and Guinea have been very honest enough to state their hundreds of suspected and probable deaths from Ebola. In Sierra Leone, Health Ministry is continuing to release figures that make total mockery of data from affected communities. Even as the Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom has probable and suspected deaths in his chiefdom alone, totalling several dozens, the Health Ministry has simply ignored the data instead showing less than 3 dozen probable deaths and only 5 suspected deaths for whole of Sierra Leone!!
Aug 13, 2014, 17:16
The Ebola Denial Starts from the Top
One of the major reasons behind the unprecedented scale of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone has been the aspect of denial. The denial is visible from top to bottom. Yesterday July 17th 2014, even as an ambulance raced through streets of Freetown with a dead Ebola patient to be hastily buried, it was interesting to see top government cadre is still in denial as to extent of catastrophe.
Jul 18, 2014, 17:08
Commending Julius Maada Bio
This newspaper has its views on the ambition of Julius Maada Bio to become next President of Sierra Leone. We think such an ambition is retrogressive but one thing we cannot dispute is alacrity which with he reacted to Ebola outbreak. He will be kindly remembered for that. Within few days of realisation an Ebola outbreak was indeed killing scores of his compatriots, Bio issued a solidarity message from his current base in London and asked all to work with government.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:14
Sierra Leone News: God Bless the SEA - Long live the SEA
God always blesses those who make sacrifices to help the poor and needy. As a good, patriotic and sober Sierra Leonean, the only Special Executive Assistant (SEA) ever to be appointed by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has almost completed her mission in Canada by doling out US$7,000 (seven thousand dollars) from her personal savings to pay for air freight of tens of thousands of facial masks and scores of Isolation Gowns which were donated to the people of Sierra Leone by Canada’s foremost international health charity to fight against the dreadful Ebola.
Jul 7, 2014, 12:18
Gross Arrogance & Expired Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits
There was a lot of insensitive arrogance by the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miss Miatta Kargbo during her appearance in Parliament yesterday 17th June 2014 to respond to allegations of incompetence leading to needless deaths of citizens in Kailahun. However one of the heights of insensitivity was the manner in which she discarded a serious allegation that Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits in Kailahun at the time of the outbreak, had EXPIRED since March 2014.
Jun 18, 2014, 17:08
Why did Government not pull out of Bo?
First of all, this newspaper can confirm that it is a shameful lie that residents of Koindu had been preventing health officials from working there. The truth is Ministry of Health & Sanitation (MOHS) simply abandoned the place along with all Ebola patients in Kissi Teng. It is only after several days of absence of medical doctor that one doctor last week led a one-day mission to discuss restarting health services followed by collection of dozens of sick and dying Ebola patients from Kissi villages on Sunday.
Jun 17, 2014, 17:16
Freedom of Information will give Health Finance Answers
This newspaper's attention has been drawn to antics of Mr. Sidie Yahya Tunis, Director of Communications in the Ministry of Health & Sanitiation. Guinea was taken unawares but we had three whole months to prepare but just look at what’s unfolding! We want Mr. Tunis to understand that our focus for now is putting pressure on the government, especially the Health Ministry, to help save our innocent people from Ebola; especially in neglected Kissi areas of Kailahun.
Jun 11, 2014, 17:08
Sierra Leone: APC Hopes for Youths might Get Damaged
Indications on social media reveal of a group of youths claiming to be fans of a popular local musician LAJ, of RED FLAG MOVEMENT (RFM), are now sending email threats to an international musician in Jamaica warning him not to set foot in Sierra Leone or he will be attacked and killed. The Jamaican, known by nickname of BUSY SIGNAL is supposed to arrive in Sierra Leone in early April, alongside KAO DENERO, another popular musician who draws his fans support from the BLACK LEO group.
Feb 25, 2014, 17:16
But what of Detained Soldiers?
This newspaper stands shoulder to shoulder in support of the Ministry of Defence’s appeal to the media to refrain from incitement of the public and serving soldiers through publication of wild and unsubstantiated reports. This country has suffered too much for us to still have unpatriotic journalists in our midst, determined to incite unrest through seditious utterances over radio programmes like the notorious MONOLOGUE by David Tam Baryoh.
Feb 6, 2014, 17:18