The President Speaks
On Thursday 22nd January, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Karoma announced that he would lift the quarantine in place due to the Ebola outbreak.
“Restrictions on movement will be eased to support economic activity,” he said. “As such, there will no longer be any district or chiefdom level restrictions on movement.”
Since its implementation in July 2014, the quarantine closed borders of at least 14 districts and numerous other chieftain tribal areas, and significantly reduced travel for half the country’s citizens.
Downward Trend of Ebola
President Karoma noted the “steady downward trend” of Ebola cases and deaths in Sierra Leone, but maintained that other health and safety measures would remain in place, particularly the treatment of the deceased.
“Law enforcement agencies and chiefs are under instruction to ensure that the full force of the law is brought to bear on those who touch or wash dead bodies,” he said. He added that “victory is in sight,” but that until Sierra Leone and the other two West African countries most affected by Ebola – Liberia and Guinea – achieved the goal of recording no new cases by March 31, but the fight was not over.
The Fight Continues
“We must not relent.” And nor must we, HADA supporters, in our on-going financial backing of the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and Africa.