At a stakeholders’ meeting by the pharmaceutical sector to discuss post Ebola recovery measures, Registrar of the Pharmacy Board Sierra Leone, Wilshire Johnson, disclosed that over 240 billion Leones worth of drugs were imported into the country in the past two years. While addressing his audience representing the Pharmaceutical Society of Sierra Leone and the Pharmaceutical Business Association of Sierra Leone, the Registrar noted that that was the official figure.
Lokomasama, November, 21 (SLENA) – Plans to establish an Emergency Hospital in the northern district of Port Loko have not only been viewed as a great and timely intervention, but also as a unique opportunity that must be embraced by all well-meaning people. This was deduced from the statements of the stakeholders who were present at the most recent meeting that was particularly summoned to deliberate on the issue.
The African Community Internship Placement Programme (ACIPP) has on Monday commenced a ten day training program for senior Action Aid staff at their Headquarter office on Signal Hill Road, in Freetown.
The Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) on Tuesday 24th November submitted position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee with specific recommendations aimed at ensuring the next constitution of Sierra Leone strengthens accountability.
The Zonta Club of Freetown, with support from the Zonta Club in the United States of America is currently on it 16 days of activism of non-violence against women and girls on the theme “from peace in the home to peace in the world”.
Following a presidential salute and inspection of guard of honour at the Makeni City Council ahead of the laying of foundation stone for the construction of a police academy in Makump, President Ernest Koroma has on Tuesday 24 November continued the first leg of his nationwide "thank you tour" to the Northern headquarter city of Makeni, Bombali district.
The First Lady, Mrs. SiaNyamaKoroma has on Tuesday launched four thousand HIV/Syphilis rapid test kits for pregnant women at the Dworzark Farm Health Centre in Freetown. The kits are aimed at eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis in the country. The all-important launching is part of this year’s commemoration of World AIDS Day and it was done by the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat in collaboration with key partners like the United Nations family and Office of First Lady.
“Paolo Conteh must apologize for using one of his convoy vehicles to campaign for the APC in Constituency 107 ahead of Saturday 14th November 2015 bye-election,” said the Program Director-Media Center for Governance Reform. He added that the “act is unacceptable and we are calling on the military authorities to provide an answer for the misuse of tax payers’ money.”
Sierra Leoneans are paying the highest in international call charges in West Africa compared to Nigeria, the largest economy in the sub-region which is probably the lowest, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone Henry Kerall stressed at a press briefing last Friday in Freetown. “At the moment we estimate international call price at around seventy nine US cents (US$0.79) a minute, compared to Nigeria which is probably the lowest in the region, is four US cents (US$0.04),” he noted. These are the call prices for calling United States of America (USA) in the afternoon of November 20 in both countries. The country pays 20 times the cost of making a call to USA compared to Nigeria. “Sierra Leone is probably the highest in terms of call charges per minute compared to the rest of West Africa,” he said. “This is something the Government and [we] ourselves at the World Bank are committed to ensuring that over the next 2 years or so the price will significantly come down.”
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, his wife Sia Nyama Koroma, cabinet ministers along with senior government officials on Saturday 21 November attended the National Day of thanksgiving service at Miatta Conference Centre, Brookfields, marking the end of the horrific Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone.
The professional performance of Sierra Leonean workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, irrespective of their work places, is becoming more salient and more glaring day by day. Sierra Leoneans are effectively rebranding their country in Saudi Arabia in their own way and manner fighting to be deservedly reckoned and recognized as the sons of a country that had the pride to be once dubbed ‘The Athens of Africa’.
The successful fight by the President Ernest Bai Koroma led Government and people of Sierra Leone over Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)has not only change the perception of the world about Sierra Leone, but has also earn the government and people more respect and honor.
According to various commentators, “Sierra Leoneans are now known to be focused, determined and result oriented.”
These were evidenced throughout the past two weeks after World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone Ebola Free, as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador accredited to the United States of America has been receiving invitations to attend functions, which topics were centered on the conquest of Ebola Virus disease by President Ernest Bai Koroma led government.
Climate Change, Environment and Forest Conservation (CEFCON-SL) has presented its position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) on Friday 20th November, 2015 at the committee’s secretariat for their inputs into the 1991 constitution. During the presentation of the position paper, the Executive Director, Haja Kaday Sesay said seventy percent (70%) of the total land area in Sierra Leone was covered with forestry, but is no more because of the various human activities such as deforestation which have led to changes in the environment.
The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management has commenced five days training course on report writing skills and presentation techniques for staff of the National Revenue Authority (NRA). The training started on Monday 23rd November and is expected to end on Friday 27th November 2015 at the NRA training Centre at Bangura Building in Freetown.
A team of parliamentarians from the European Union that visited Sierra Leone shortly before the country was declared ebola free visited Lunsar in the Marampa Chiefdom recently and made series of recommendations.
At the St John of God Hospital known as Mabesseneh, the team had a vivid picture of the effect of ebola on the health facilities in the hospital and how the situation was like and measures put in place to contain the virus. It will be recalled that Lunsar in the Portloko District was among the towns that was badly devastated by the ebola virus.
Mr. Kallay Musa Conteh, Director of Diaspora Affairs in the Office of the President who is on a study tour in Ethiopia on Friday 20th November, 2015 held a meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart, the Acting Director General of Diaspora Engagement Affairs, Mr. Teferi Melesse
Immediately after observing the national day of thanksgiving at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown on Saturday, President Ernest Bai Koroma Sunday November 22, 2015, commenced the first leg of his "thank you tour" in the Eastern provincial city of Kenema.
In his sensitization and thank you message, President Koroma urged Sierra Leoneans to continue to call 117 when someone is sick or dies.
The guardian of Medra Boima, a 5 years old girl who was born on the 31st July 2010, is desperately looking for her father, Mr. Yusuf Boima whose last known address was Mongaygba, Grafton village in the Greater Freetown area.
A damning report by Africa Confidential published Friday, reveals President Ernest Koroma told the International Monetary Fund in September, that he has dumped the Mamamah international airport project.
The Chairman,Parliamentary Committee on Works Housing and Infrastructure, Honourable Kombor Kamara (APC), has complained theMinister of Works to the majority leader for what he termed the former’s evasive attitude to a parliamentary summon.
The Parliamentary Committee on Works, Housing and Infrastructure, has in a meeting in Parliament on Thursday, discussed the utilisation of 3.7 billion Leones; allocated to the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) for brushing and other activities nationwide.
Prophet Emmanuel Oluseji Bankole of the Christ Wonder International Gospel Ministry was on Friday arraigned before Magistrate Albert Moody of Court N0.6 in Freetown, for the offence of sexual penetration of a child, contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
Sierra Leone’s first-ever national women's cricket team has maintained its 100% unbeaten run to earn the trophy of the maiden edition of the North West Africa Cricket Conference Women's T20 tournament, which was held in Banjul, The Gambia.
The All Peoples Congress (APC) party scribe, Ambassador Osman Yansaneh, has said delightfully, that at the coming elections in the Bombali District, the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) leader, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, will be given a bloody nose he will never forget in a hurry.
Following the declaration of the end of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak by the World Health Organization on Saturday November 7, traditional healers in Sierra Leone have engaged in what they refer to as “change leaf”.
The Sierra Leone Police is currently investigating a report of threatening remarks allegedly against the President of Council of Traditional Healers Sierra Leone, Sheku Tarawally, by one Fanta Mansaray who claimed to be a member of the rival Sierra Leone Indigenous Traditional Healers Union (SLITHU).