Sierra Leone lifts COVID-19 curfew to ease pressure on economy

“Sierra Leone’s National Centre for COVID-19 Response yesterday announced that the government has decided with immediate effect, to lift the night time curfew imposed by the president early this year to help curb the transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leonean technologist’s app helps to fight COVID-19

“The Health Outbreak Manager software consists of an app and a comprehensive suite of tools that help collect and manage data for users and COVID-19 responders. Using live data feeds and user-reported information, officials and health organizations can monitor and manage the status of an outbreak and contain the spread.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“For sub-Saharan African economies, interest repayments constitute the highest expenditure portion – and fastest-growing expenditure – of budgets.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone government’s supplementary budget and the reality of COVID-19 economics

“Sierra Leone’s policymakers need a new roadmap for navigating the challenge of managing the pandemic and supporting the economy.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

WHO to increase COVID-19 testing from 500 up to 1000 a day in Sierra Leone

“The World Health Organization Country Office has secured a grant of €500,000 from the German Technical Cooperation through a strategic partnership to increase COVID-19 testing capacity from 500 up to 1000 tests per day in Sierra Leone.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Doctors in Sierra Leone treated with reckless abandon, say industry associations

“In two separate letters, addressed to President Julius Maada Bio and the National Coordinator of NACOVERC, Brig. (Rtd.) Kellie Conteh respectively, the president of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association, Dr. Delwin M. Findlay, expressed grave frustration and disappointment over the treatment of medical doctors in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone prepares to open Lungi international airport

“Things are happening very fast and Sierra Leone cannot be isolated from such progress. The airport is the face of Sierra Leone to the outside world, so we must ensure that all the necessary measures have been in place to avoid public outcry.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

President of Sierra Leone’s doctors union condemns government spending on luxurious SUVs

“The president of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association has criticised the government’s decision to spend much needed cash on luxurious Toyota SUVs, estimated at almost $2 million, instead of buying medicines and PPEs for hospitals.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Coca-Cola Foundation commit $17million across Africa in response to COVID-19

“Across Africa and in partnership with NGOs, Coca-Cola in Africa, and its bottling partners and The Coca-Cola Foundation, have been deploying a range of resources, including capabilities, funds and products to support governments, communities and local economies in their urgent efforts to contain the spread and impact of the Coronavirus since its outbreak on the continent.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Bank of Sierra Leone stimulus package and its impact on the economy

“The Bank of Sierra Leone has taken a commendable first step in the recently published stimulus measures. What we now must examine is the package in its entirety, and how much of an impact it will make on the country’s financial system as a whole and most importantly, the lives of ordinary citizens.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph