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Kailahun on Sunday joined Pujehun to become the second district in Sierra Leone to reach the milestone of 42 consecutive days registering zero Ebola infection but the mood in the region was one of somber reflection than celebration.

Apart from a general statement by the Chairman of the Kailahun District Council, Alex Bhonapha, repeatedly aired on local radio there was no ceremony to mark the day. Both the District Chairman and the Resident Minister East passed the day quietly in Kenema city.

Ahmed Sahid Nasralla from Kailahun
President Koroma

Following the outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in the country in May this year, the Sierra Leone Government pleaded for more international response to contain the virus. The British Government responded with 250 million Pound Sterling to finance the Ebola-containment efforts in the country. Other countries and international organizations also responded with hundreds of millions of Dollars while internal contributions were also made by institutions and individuals.

Thomas Vandi Gbow

There is an adage that ‘uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.’ President Ernest Bai Koroma may have recorded several achievements in the implementation of the ‘Agenda for Change’ during his first term of office. In his manifesto for the November 2012 presidential elections, therefore, he promised Sierra Leoneans that his Government would  consolidate the gains he had made by implementing the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ if re-elected to office.

By Thomas Vandi Gbow