Government of Sierra Leone gears up for landing of Corona Virus

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 2 March 2020:

There has been much criticism thrown at the government of Sierra Leone’s seeming unpreparedness for any onslaught of the Corona Virus, which is predicted could affect most countries of the world in the coming weeks and months.

But today, the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, engaged key stakeholders – including government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, representatives of the entertainment industry, and mobile phone companies, the Office of National Security, to discuss the country’s preparedness and prevention of the spread of the Corona virus through public education and awareness raising.

According to the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications – Mamadi Gobeh Kamara, “the main objectives of today’s meeting were to strengthen risk communication activities and provide information on measures for prevention and control of the Corona Virus in Sierra Leone; and to promote public risk communication with emphasis on social responsibility and personal hygiene practices”.

The Ministry of Information and Communications says today that as the lead Ministry, it has now “established a Corona Virus Communications Task Force that will design and disseminate uniform public risk communication with emphasis on social responsibility and personal hygiene practices.”

The team of experts, the ministry says, has commenced its tasks, and is expected to begin robust outreach activities across the country soon.

6 Comments

  1. Jesus loves his children and the world. So, in times like these, where Coronavirus is becoming a threat to our existence, we must use one of the powerful spiritual weapons given to us in the bible. Everyone should read Psalm 91, verses 5 to 7 everyday. With that, you will be protected by God’s grace.

    Read –
    5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
    7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
    Oh God almighty father, help protect Sierra Leone and all its people from Coronavirus. Amen and Amen.

  2. Has the the government enough gadgets – Goggles, Masks, gloves, overalls and other vital medical aids for our Doctors and Nurses who will be on the Coronavirus frontline in stock? If that is not the case, will the Bio Administration and President Bio make it a point of duty to make it happen? I mean, making sure that, there is enough protective medical gears and other necessary medical items for our Doctors and Nurses, to help infected people if there is an outbreak of this deadly Coronavirus in our country.

    President Bio and his administration must not sit down there and wait for aid for these items. They must order them right now if the stocks are empty. So, your leadership counts right now Mr President. Finally, has the Bio Administration placed the temporary ban on travelers from countries I mentioned earlier? If they feel not happy in doing that, the Bio Administration can organize a mandatory one month quarantine monitoring period for anyone traveling from those countries.

    The Bio Administration must also remember that, prevention is better than cure. Even children in nursery schools know that. The Bio Administration should know that too I reckon. God help protect our country from this dangerous and deadly Coronavirus.

  3. People all over the world are preparing to fight the COVID 19 which is dwindling the Chinese population.It is high time for the continent to prepare and get ready for the fight. It will not be easy to do it alone, but with the help of other countries Sierra Leone and Africa will be able to win that war. Corona virus is compared to the Ebola that killed many people in Sierra Leone. The care taken during the outbreak of EBOLA should also be applied to covid 19. The same method used then.
    GOD BLESS SIERRA LEONE AND HER PEOPLE.

    • I have one question for you to answer Mr. Abu Jalloh. How would other countries help us, when they are fighting the Coronavirus on their door steps with limited resources? As compared with Ebola, this virus spreads very fast. You can catch the virus from someone infected only six feet away. Can you imagine? Countries came to our aid during the Ebola crisis because, the crisis was limited to three countries. What we are facing is a pandemic that, no one knows how it came about and it’s spreading globally like wildfire.

      So, let’s do all we could, in our own way to put measures in place that will at least help minimize the spread of this dangerous virus, in case it strikes, God forbids. Even that will be very challenging. Just read Dr. Emmanuel Johnson’s comment and you will realise the challenges and dilemma poor countries will face if Coronavirus strikes. It will be a national disaster.

      So, let us all pray that, the Almighty God protects Sierra Leone and its people from this dangerous and deadly Coronavirus. God bless Sierra Leone.

  4. The Bio Administration must temporarily ban travellers from the US and Iran from entering the country. God help and protect Sierra Leone from Coronavirus. Amen and Amen.

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