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Ebola 42 Days Zero Infection Competition! WHO Gets the Award? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Friday, 16 January 2015 20:28

It is not accurate to call this an event or a competition because quite often there is tradition behind the fluctuation of results in almost every district with the exception of Pujehun, and others that have been systematically recorded for zero infection. The truth here is that the Pujehun district in the south has emerged victorious over the other districts with uninterrupted successful zero infection cases.

In the fight to beat Ebola it is but now fitting for other districts including Western Area to compete with the other districts, following the foot- steps of the Pujehun district. The competition talking about here is a race sets for Western Area, and the zero and non- zero districts excluding ‘Pujehun’, the pride of Wanjama.

In this fight, behavior change, denial (trangayase), negative cultural and traditional beliefs are the set targets goal for the championship.

Sitting before the fire, with a cup of palm wine on her lap, Mamusu TennehK angbai, a mentally retarded 35 year old woman fumed at the Western Urban/Rural area Ebola results during the Championship(All-District Relay Race), and suddenly found herself on the ground with the palm wine all over her head. Mamusu, like a newly hatched chicken stood up and remarked, “I had a mental projection that both the Western Area Urban and Rural arrived at a 45 days zero rate tie at the same hour, same day, and respectfully emerged 2nd position, followed by Bombali 3rd position, covering 43 days zero infection rate”.  She told her 10 year old daughter Anita who was busy preparing the fire for the next meal. “Mama, are you dreaming, this is a win for Bonthe district”.

“I tip Port Loko for the Second or Third position”, Martha Cole a survivor predicts. “But where are Koinadugu, Kailahun, Kenema, and Kono in this competition”? Sixteen ( 16) year old Dauda of Kamathor village replied, “I tip one of them for the 2nd position.

Momodu from Kambia sitting by the fire side, waiting to get his own share from the yam and goat soup, kept quiet.

The debate continues and after a while there was commotion, amid considerable noise as to why the argument about the pros and cons of who wins the competition.

In case you are fortunate to read this piece, let your prediction began to bubble inside your brain, and choose the winners for the 2nd and 3rd Ebola Zero Infection District Award.




2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul


The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.


Business News

Standard Chartered Bank Thieves Exposed

As trial continue on the conspiracy matter of four former staffs of Standard Chartered Bank, the sitting judge, Justice Abdulai Charm, has re-discharged the first defendant Madam Aminata Bangura.

The four defendants were arraigned before him for proper trial after found guilty on preliminary investigations in the magistrate court on two counts charges of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny by servant contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged in count one that some times last year, the defendants conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony.


Media News

34 Organisations Join MFWA to Demand Justice for Murdered Sierra Leonean Journalist

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Thirty-four prominent freedom of expression organisations around the world have joined the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to demand justice for the murder of a Sierra Leonean journalist Ibrahim Foday.

Foday was murdered four years ago, on June 12, 2011, when he was covering a violent clash over a land dispute between Grafton Town and Kossoh Town for the privately-owned Exclusive Newspaper. In November 2012, a suspect, Tunde Williams, was arrested and charged with Foday’s murder; however, the trial has not progressed since then. Williams is currently out on bail, and the judiciary has yet to select a panel of jurors to hear the case.

Foday’s family has waited four long years for justice. His children Joyce Foday and Joseph Dianni Foday have lamented to the MFWA how difficult their lives have been following their father's murder. “We need help,” said Joseph. “I need justice to prevail for my late father and we are calling on the human rights and media rights groups to come to our aid.”




Sierra Leoneans, regardless of where you are in the world. Please if you really have real true and honest love for your motherland, be aware of religious fanatics and dogmatics’infiltrators in the country. We should put aside all our tribal sentiments, political, regional and religious differences and be watchdogs for the security of our country, especially for the precious lives of our poor, helpless and powerless masses in the country. Because theyalways stand to be the victims of circumstance whenever there is a problem of unrest in the country.

There are many diverse ways in which we can be watchdogs for our country,against religious extremists that are infiltrating our noble peaceful society, for instance by listening to their comments or statements, including their sermonsor teachings and their subversive movement in and out of the country.


View Point

Maada Bio: ‘Paopa Salone For Betteh’?

When Spartacus set out on his campaign against the Roman Empire, many thought his excursion won’t last for a fortnight because of the ruthless discipline that characterized Roman warfare.

  True, the Romans were the finest soldiers the world has ever seen, and their centuries of dominance is a testament to that fact. Spartacus too learned this hard fact when he finally hung on a cross on the Appian Highway after years of fighting against the mighty Roman war machine.

  Spartacus, a slave, made a dash for freedom, along with thousands of other slaves, but sadly fell short of his goal. No problem – it was left with history to proclaim him a villain or a hero for his infamous undertaking, and we never knew whether he regretted about his failed exploits as he hung dying on a Roman cross.


News - Press Release

National Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme ends Annual Conference with Debriefing

Freetown, June 24, 015 (MOHS) - As the National Neglected Tropical Diseases and OnchocerciasisProgramme ends its four days Annual Conference, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has said that neglected tropical disease is still an issue in the country’s health calendar.

Addressing stakeholders from Helen Keller International, USAID, Family Health International (FHI 360), WHO and others at a debriefing meeting in the conference hall of the Health Ministry at Youyi Building in Freetown, the Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah noted the challenges faced by the NTD Programme including the exit strategy of the Africa Programme for Oncho Control (APOC) that has been supporting the operations of the programme.

The timely engagement of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) for the recruitment and transfer of the Oncho staff, the Minister said, is imperative noting their importance as Community Health Officers and their role in public health activities.


Society -Local News

Mainstreaming Corruption, ACC briefs MOHS on its just concluded Outreach Services in 12 districts

Freetown, Jul. 1, 015 (MOHS) - Briefing Senior Officials of the Health and Sanitation Ministry in the Ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown on Tuesday June 30, 2015, the ACC Policy and Ethics Officer, Mr. Abu Bakarr Kamara reported key issues in their findings which included human resources capacity in most of the peripheral health units in the districts.

He said the exercise was a bottom top strategy approach which started from May 18, 2015 to June 1, 2015 covering all operational areas.

Mr. Kamara disclosed that there were people in duty stations that were providing services but not legitimately employed by government and called for administrative intervention to fast track their appointment through the Human Resource Management Officer.



President Koroma to launch MOHS Service Level Agreement (SLA) on Friday July 3, 2015 in Freetown

Freetown, Jul. 1, 015 (MOHS) - The President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is to officially launch the Ministry of Health and Sanitation historic “Service Level Agreement” (SLA) on Friday July 3, 2015 at the Miatta Conference hall in Freetown.

The July 2015 Service Level Agreement (SLA) initiated by the Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah with support from the staff and management of the Ministry is a guide for implementing partners supporting the public health sector in Sierra Leone.

The development of the SLA process was done with District Health Management Teams in all the districts across the country, the District Councils, Medical Superintendents in hospitals and health development partners in Sierra Leone.



"Social Accountability in the Public Sector is Key to Improving Quality Service Delivery" - Cabinet Secretary

Freetown, June 30 (SLENA) - Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service, Dr. Ernest Surrur has said that strengthening Social Accountability in the Public Sector is key to improving quality service delivery in Government.

He was on Friday 26th June 2015 addressing representatives from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) engaged in Social Accountability at an introductory meeting on Strengthening Diagonal Social Accountability in the Public Sector held at the Vice President's Conference Room, Tower Hill.

Dr. Surrur observed that many institutions in government, private sector and civil society are engaged in independent Social Accountability isolated from each other, noting that there was need to develop a framework to help them work together using the whole of Government Approach to account for their services to the people.

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