N0vember 10, 2016 By Regina Pratt
To commemorate the first anniversary of the declaration of an Ebola-free Sierra Leone, the government urged every Sierra Leonean to observe three minutes of silence on Monday, 7 November, in honour of victims and survivors.
Church of Christ Primary School in Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown, joined other schools and individuals across the country to observe the day.
According to the school’s Senior Teacher, Mrs. Elsie Sesay, they decided to place yellow ribbons on the heads of every child to observe the first anniversary of the end of Ebola.
She told Concord Times that when pupils were asked about Ebola, they replied it is a very dangerous disease, adding, “We are praying that it will not affect the country again.”
She thanked the government and Sierra Leoneans for their relentless efforts in ending the dreadful virus, which claimed the lives of thousands and left hundreds of survivors suffering.
According to her, each and every Sierra Leonean suffered one way or the other – whether directly or indirectly – and prayed for those who lost their lives during the health emergency.
The Ebola virus disease, which struck the country in May 2014, adversely affected every facet of life in Sierra Leone. During the crisis, over 3, 589 Sierra Leoneans, including doctors, lost their lives.
However, on 7 November 2015, the World Health Organisation declared the country free of the Ebola virus after the discharge of the last patient.
Since then, no new positive case has been reported, as the country embarks on a recovery process.