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EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 1, 2014
Written by press release   
Monday, 01 September 2014 19:36

 PRESS RELEASE

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 1, 2014

  • DISCHARGED CASES
  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  248
  • NEW CASES
  • New Confirmed cases  = 29, as follows:

  Kailahun = 8, Kenema = 6, Kono = 3

  Bombali = 5, Kambia = 0 Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0

  Bo = 5, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0

  Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0

 
Sierra Rutile constructing and rehabilitating community buildings in its area of operations
Written by Expotimes   
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:34

As part of its commitment to socio-economic development amongst the mining communities in its area of operations, mining company Sierra Rutile Ltd has had a productive year so far, completing various construction and rehabilitation works on local community buildings.

The list of projects includes the construction of a six class-room school and the complete rehabilitation of a local mosque, as well as the donation of cement and roofing zinc to the YWCA for the construction of a school for girls, and roofing zinc for the refurbishment of another local mosque.

 
IMC joins the fight against Ebola
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:27

Freetown, Sept. 1, 014 (MOHS) - The International Medical Corps (IMC) has donated a consignment of protective gears and drugs as part of the organization’s contribution to compliment government’s efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country.

Making the donation, the IMC Team Director, Hussien Ibrahim said the gesture will serve as a token to start the working relationship with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and to strengthen the partnership with the District Health Management Teams in their operational areas.

He said they have been in primary health care activities, and also helped in the rehabilitation of the Kailahun hospital including 14 clinics in the Kambia district.

 
EBOLA: A NEW FORM OF DENIAL IN THE MARATHON FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA
Written by BITING THE BULLET WITH MBATILUI-+232 88 028 041/+232 76 748 827   
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:21

“EBOLA is here, is real, is deadly, and is preventable, treatable, but not curable. So be RED ALERT!”

“Conscience is a dreadful thing when it accuses the mind and the pettiest forging thing is an individual in the prison of their own conscience”

In the context of the prevailing circumstances, it is an indisputable fact that the knowledge and acceptance of the Ebola outbreak has increased dramatically and in essence the initial denial syndrome has wane dramatically. With the tragic deaths of over 400 Sierra Leoneans (including some 40 medical personnel), the imposition of and the biting effects of the public state of emergency (including drastic restrictions on movements and other social activities as well as the indefinite deferral of BECE, Private WASCE and reopening of schools), and the scaling down, suspension, and in some cases closure of businesses including airlines that has culminated into the lattest sacking of the Health Minister (long overdue)and the restructuring of the National Ebola Operations Centre, it is the author’s candid view that MOST (if not all) Sierra Leoneans are now fully aware of the existence and grueling consequences of Ebola.

 
DESPITE EBOLA ROADS PROJECTS ARE STILL UNDER CONSTANT MONITORING
Written by Francis Macauley   
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:18

In a bid to achieve President Koroma's dream on the agenda for prosperity, Acting Works, Housing and Infrastructure Minister, Abdul B Barrie has said that he will still continue to do constant monitoring on all the ongoing roads projects countrywide depite we are on the verge in fighting the killing Ebola disease.

He made this disclosure when he led a team of Engineers from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority over the weekend to inspect the Matotoka to Koidu road and the intownship roads in Kono city.

Mr Barrie encouraged the few International Experts who are still around, of CHICO and GUICOPRES working on the main trunk and city roads to sum up some persevearance as government is making frantic moves to eradicate this killing disease.

 
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Editorial

POLITICIZING A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CRUEL AND UNGODLY

Some of the articles being written by Sierra Leoneans on this Ebola disaster are very unfortunate, especially coming from people you would want to  call "educated" , because of the letters behind their names ( Though we know that paper qualifications and education are two different things ). The writers are not expressing any sensitivity to the suffering of our people. This Ebola issue is becoming a political theatre for callous and godless  people to expatiate their political proclivities. It is a shame, but also, it is tragic.

I continue to share the grief and sorrow of all citizens hailing from   Kailahun. May God intervene once again and deliver the region from evil. They are a hardworking, progressive and productive people. They provide a very significant amount of the food products and cash crops that help to feed our nation and also bring in hard-earned foreign exchange and revenue. They have also provided some of the brightest minds  in the nation, people who have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. They are very good and progressive citizens, as well as being among the most peaceful and law-abiding people  in the country.

However, because they live by Sierra Leone's borders with Liberia and Guinea, the inhabitants of Kailahun are vulnerable to many dangers. If there is war or an outbreak of any pestilence or deadly disease in our neighbouring countries, they will suffer first, given the heavy volume of cross-border  traffic, cross-border human interactions and trade between them and the people of Liberia and Guinea  . In all African countries, people who live by the borders take the brunt of unfortunate spillovers of wars, transnational crime and sicknesses from the other side. We have seen it in Central and Southern Africa. We have seen it in East and North Africa. The rebel war and the ongoing Ebola plague hit Kailahun first because of her location on our borders with Liberia and Guinea . Nobody deliberately planted the Ebola virus in their midst.

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Business News

Sierra Rutile donates one billion Leones to GOSL to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone

On Tuesday 19 August, Sierra Rutile and its major shareholder Pala Investments donated one billion Leones to help Sierra Leone in its fight against Ebola.  The cheque was presented to the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma by Sierra Rutile’s CEO John Bonoh Sisay, Non-Executive Director of Sierra Rutile, Alex Kamara and Mike Brown, the Managing Director of Pala Investments. 

Speaking on behalf of Sierra Rutile, John Sisay said: “We recognise the severity of the ongoing Ebola epidemic and hope that our contribution will strengthen Sierra Leone’s efforts to beat this disease.  The crisis has affected the lives and livelihood of many Sierra Leoneans and Sierra Leonean businesses and we will continue to feel the socio-economic repercussions well after the virus has been contained.  We make this donation as a gesture of good faith and also to show how deeply concerned we are by the impact of this disease on our country.”

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Media News

PRESS GALLERY EXECUTIVE TENURE ENDS

 19 August 2014, Freetown: The Parliamentary Press Gallery Executive which was elected into office on 18 August 2012 to run the affairs of members has formally come to an end.

   President, Elias Bangura, on behalf of the outgoing executive, thanked members for the confidence reposed in them to run the affairs of the Gallery, a task which they carried out to the best of their ability: the successes registered were only possible through the commitment and cooperation of members, including the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, and Members of Parliament.

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Commentary

Tink Salone, think again

I had told you to close the borders with Guinea. I had told you to ‘put boots on the ground to man all official and unofficial crossing points’. I had told you following the outbreak of Ebola in that country in February, but you ignored my advice. Now look at the crisis we have in our hands. Had you listened to my advice we would not be grappling with this crisis.

Now, I am offering new pieces of advice, please take them seriously.  This is the emotion-evoking message Tink Salone is strenuously trying to send out to the government in its most recent press statement.

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View Point

Sacking of Miatta Kargbo, Better Late Than Never?

Last Friday, President Koroma recalled Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo, from her position to another one at the Policy Unit at State House.

  For some it is better late than never, while for others it is good riddance of a woman who needs to attend a good communication school to learn the art of persuasion and to fine tune her voice of its rough edges. Hmm.

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 1, 2014

 PRESS RELEASE

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 1, 2014

  • DISCHARGED CASES
  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  248
  • NEW CASES
  • New Confirmed cases  = 29, as follows:

  Kailahun = 8, Kenema = 6, Kono = 3

  Bombali = 5, Kambia = 0 Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0

  Bo = 5, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0

  Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0

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Society -Local News

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT – 20TH EDITION

Your Excellency Sir,

This is indeed another very sombre epoch in the history of our beloved country which we all keep crying that our good and merciful LORD intervenes in His might to rid this nation of. In this piece I shall endeavour to deliberate on what I shall consider disjointed and misguided signals in this sub regional fight against Ebola; especially our Sierra Leonean anomalies and aberration.

 The Minister of Health, about two weeks ago seemed to have realized her and the government’s mistakes in our initial response to this outbreak. The sensitization efforts were beefed up in all the media and through various governmental actors, NGOs, youth and community based outlets. And after the death of Dr. Khan, his assistant and many health workers, a frenzied clarion call was made to the WHO and the international community to hasten to our aid.

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Development

DESPITE EBOLA ROADS PROJECTS ARE STILL UNDER CONSTANT MONITORING

In a bid to achieve President Koroma's dream on the agenda for prosperity, Acting Works, Housing and Infrastructure Minister, Abdul B Barrie has said that he will still continue to do constant monitoring on all the ongoing roads projects countrywide depite we are on the verge in fighting the killing Ebola disease.

He made this disclosure when he led a team of Engineers from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority over the weekend to inspect the Matotoka to Koidu road and the intownship roads in Kono city.

Mr Barrie encouraged the few International Experts who are still around, of CHICO and GUICOPRES working on the main trunk and city roads to sum up some persevearance as government is making frantic moves to eradicate this killing disease.

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Politics

EBOLA: MPs TAKING LEADERSHIP AT CONSTITUENCY LEVELS

The Office of the Clerk of Parliament wishes to acknowledge Government’s release of the Constituency Development Fund to finance activities to enable Members of Parliament perform the leadership role at the constituency level in line with His Excellency the President’s directive in the State of Public Emergency proclaimed on 30th July, 2014.

A recent statement from the Leadership of Parliament expressed concern at the slow pace of international response to this crisis and gratitude to those partners who have offered their support. It called on all persons, institutions and communities to cooperate with public health authorities in fighting the outbreak.  A few days ago, Parliament also passed the Public Health Amendment Act, 2014 to allow for enforcement of new public health regulations.

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