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~~The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Friday 19th December, 2014, visited the Police Training School (PTS 1) Ebola Treatment Unit at Hastings to meet with healthcare workers and survivors on his visit to Sierra Leone.
Giving his opening remarks, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo, welcomed the UN Secretary General and entourage for visiting PTS1 which was established in September, 2014, as a holding center when the epidemic started spreading in Freetown.

Author: 
Mohamed Jamiru
Steven Goajia

~~The Ebola virus continues to devastate the country and its people as concerted efforts by the Government, Sierra Leoneans and the international community to stem the epidemic from spreading in Sierra Leone continues to yield less fruit particularly in the North-West.
The current projected figure of Ebola deaths between 1st December and 15th December is 555 as compared to 132 Ebola deaths for the same time in November, indicating 423 more Ebola deaths in the first-half of December.

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BY CECIL COLE SHOWERS JNR
Minkailu Bah

~~The Head Teacher of Roman Catholic Primary School in Benduma, Jawei Chiefdom in Kailahun District, Mr. John Bull, is alleged to have chopped the salary of a late former senior teacher, Mr. Momoh Moiwuleh.
According to the bereaved family, the late Mr. Momoh Moiwuleh died six months ago and his salary had been running in the school voucher but only two months’ salaries were given to them by the head teacher, Mr. John Bull.

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: Kamal M. Barrie in Kenema
Minister of Information and Communication

The Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, is addressing over 200 journalists across the world on an online press conference hosted by African Press Organization on the strides Government has been making in addressing the Ebola scourge in the country.

Author: 
Sia Gandor
Rtd. Paolo Conteh

The Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay is reported leading a high-profile team of diplomats and politicians to rally the British Government to change its stance on lifting the ban on direct flights to Sierra Leone.

Rtd. Paolo Conteh

December month the world over has always been greeted warmly with pomp and pageantry by people be they Christians and Muslims.

This month through every New Year from time aeon has been very euphoric with entertainment and carol music heard everywhere in the country. Even in turbulence times people go the extra mile to have a feel of the festive period.

Author: 
Mohamed Jamiru
Ernest Bai Koroma

President Ernest Bai Koroma restructured the former Ebola Operational Centre (EOC) and renamed it as the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) following the heightened international response to contain the virus. The restructuring of the institution was to intensify the Ebola fight with more support from development partners but that doesn’t seem to be happening at all.

Author: 
Cecil Cole-Showers Jnr
A cross section of the survivors

The Hastings Treatment Centre continues to discharge Ebola survivors with 56 new survivors discharged from the centre on 20th November, 2014 at a ceremony held at the Police Training School hall.

The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Attila commended the medical team and other frontline staff at the Hastings Treatment Centre for their success story, adding that the country would never forget their good work.

Healthcare workers at the Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre on Monday 24th November, 2014, displayed dead bodies around the Government Hospital premises.  The Regional Secretary of the Sierra Leone Health Workers Service Union is reported to have said the incident was not a strike but a protest over “broken promises.” According to the scribe, the protesters are not regular health workers but those who volunteered to risk their lives to work at the Ebola Treatment Centre when Kenema was in terrible strife coping with the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD).

Author: 
Cecil Cole-Showers Jnr
UN Boss

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said on Tuesday that the outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) can be ended by mid-June next year if the world speeds up its response.

The UN scribe warned that although the new Ebola are slowing in some parts of West Africa, Mali where six have died of the disease and seven new cases have been reported was now a deep concern.

The head of the UN Ebola Response Mission, Anthony Banbury, said the world was far away from beating the virus.

Author: 
Cecil Cole-Showers Jnr

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