OCTOBER 10, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday expressed optimism about Sierra Leone winning the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country, a disease that has claimed the lives of hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and ravaging almost every part of the country.
Addressing a World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Washington DC via video link in relation to the Ebola crisis and its economic impact on West Africa, Mr. Koroma stressed the need for the provision of more clinicians, nurses and lab technicians, among others, as well as for more treatment centres to be set up on the ground.
According to him, the time has come for those who have made commitments to fast-track the translation of such promises to actions.
“Now is the time to get more clinicians, nurses, lab technicians and other medical experts on the ground. Now is the time to fast-track the translation of commitments to the possible path of the response on the ground,” he urged. “This is a risk for all of us. I am hopeful that we shall win this fight. We shall prevail. We have already ensured hundreds of survivors. It is a risk to get rid of this evil virus.”
President Koroma further expressed the need to ensure the survival of tens of thousands of infected victims, thus voicing his optimism that the Ebola virus will be kicked out of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea with the support of the World Bank and other development partners.