Education and Health

Kandeh Yumkella MP sensitizes his chiefdom about the coronavirus disease

Anthony Kamara Jnr: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: The numbers coming in from around the world are daunting. Reading the news is frightening. Even worse, are the disturbing pictures we see on TV about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic around the world. As the world careens into another [Read More]

Education and Health

COVID-19 in Africa – a call for coordinated governance, improved health structures and better data

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: The Mo Ibrahim Foundation today launches its report on COVID-19 in Africa, calling for coordinated governance, improved health structures and better data to mitigate this crisis. In the publication, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation analyses Africa’s readiness and capacity to manage this pandemic. It draws on [Read More]

Politics

“Sierra Leone has registered its index case – case number one is imported” says president Bio

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: President Bio this afternoon made a sombre, though reassuringly confident announcement about Sierra Leone’s first coronavirus case.  He is a 37 years old Sierra Leonean who travelled from France on a Brussels airline arriving at Lungi airport just over two weeks ago. But there [Read More]

Breaking News

Sierra Leone confirms its first case of coronavirus

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: President Julius Maada Bio has in the last few minutes announced in a national broadcast that the coronavirus has breached the borders of Sierra Leone. The president said that  the carrier of the virus – a 37 year old male,  arrived in the country [Read More]

Education and Health

UNFPA applauds Sierra Leone government’s decision allowing pregnant girls attend school

John Baimba Sesay: 31 March 2020: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commends the decision of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education to lift the ban on pregnant girls attending school. “As  co-chair of the Sexual Reproductive Health Taskforce, established in December 2019, I personally applaud the Minister [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone’s former defence minister – Paolo Conteh appears in court on treason charges

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 March 2020: Former defence minister and also internal affairs minister in the former APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma – retired major Paolo Conteh, has this afternoon appeared at the Magistrate Court in Freetown, charged with sixteen counts of treason. Conteh was arrested on 19th March [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone could experience a big coronavirus crisis

Bilal Coleman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 March 2020: Sierra Leone may not have registered a single case of the coronavirus, but the global shock engendered by the virus has triggered a financial crisis that is reverberating in the country. It appears that the financial shock wave is running ahead of [Read More]

Economy & Business

COVID-19 likely to exact heavy toll on the malnourished, sick, and poor in Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 March 2020: The Continent’s relatively young population Is likely to be a mitigating factor, but constrained health systems and a high incidence of malnutrition and conditions such as HIV and tuberculosis will magnify the impact, according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). [Read More]

Politics

President Bio urges Sierra Leoneans to remain vigilant and promote social distancing

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 March 2020: President Dr Julius Maada Bio has today urged Sierra Leoneans to remain vigilant, promote social distancing and avoid unnecessary physical contact, so as to help the fight against the Coronavirus entering Sierra Leone. Speaking to Christian Leaders and clergymen at the “National Prayer for [Read More]