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‘Ebola money is blood money’

…President Koroma warns

DECEMBER 15, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

President Ernest Bai Koroma
President Ernest Bai Koroma

President Ernest Bai Koroma last week warned Sierra Leoneans that ‘Ebola money is blood money’ and that people should not siphon it because it would not benefit them.

He made the statement while addressing cultural groups, traditional leaders and healers and tribal heads last Thursday at the Bank Complex in Freetown.

He urged officials at the helm of national and local Ebola efforts to use money disbursed to stem the spread of the virus for the intended purpose, noting that the virus is spreading rapidly in the Western Area, Bombali and Port Loko districts.

President Koroma showered praises on the Ebola burial teams for their relentless effort, but lambasted contact tracers and swab team members for putting in less effort in the fight as they are more interested in collecting salaries.

He said the virus has affected the country’s rural population most, and vowed that the chain of transmission would be broken. He said those who are praying that the outbreak should not come to an end because of economic benefits derived from it would not benefit because it is ‘blood money’ which is meant to save lives.

Already, close to 2,000 deaths have been recorded as a result of the outbreak, while more than 6,000 persons are reported to have been infected with the deadly virus.

He urged traditional leaders and cultural groups to cultivate discipline in their communities to help stem the spread of the disease.

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