His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has formally launched a National Zero Ebola Campaign in the country. The campaign will start with a three day lockdown slated for 27th 28th and 29th March 2015. The president was addressing the nation during a state broadcast on Saturday.

According to president Koroma the purpose of the lockdown is to provide an opportunity for communities to directly be involved in the drive to zero cases. He said during this three day exercise Sierra Leoneans must reflect and pray for the eradication of the Ebola virus disease in the country.

He said during the campaign local communities will work in partnership with health workers, surveillance officers and trained social mobilizes to inform communities about behaviors that encourage the spread of the disease.

The president intimated the public that all citizens must stay at home from 6am on Friday 27th to 6pm on Sunday 29th march, no trading activities, no restaurants and bars around the beaches will be allowed to operate throughout this period

However the stay at home will be lifted from 7am to 2pm on Sunday so that Christians would go to church and observe Palm Sunday.

Staff and voluntaries in the health sector, local and international journalists, arriving and departing passengers at the airport will be given due concession to carry on their activities

President Koroma said the country has made tremendous progress in the fight against Ebola although it continues to register new cases on a daily basis. He urged all Sierra Leoneans to collectively strive towards eradicating the virus before the rains begin.

He ended by calling on all Sierra Leoneans to join in the fight against the deadly virus.




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