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

President Bio discusses recent violence and COVID-19 with civil society leaders

“Leaders of Civil Society Organisations and CSOs were at State House yesterday, where they met president Dr Julius Maada Bio and Vice President Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent surge in violence in the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone registers the highest COVID-19 death rate in the Mano River region

“Why is Sierra Leone losing so many lives compared to its neighbours? The government is yet to approve its State of Emergency regulations in parliament. It has not been able to properly connect with its people. It’s facing a huge compliance challenge. Political tension is also not helping the cause in the fight against the pandemic.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone Parliament: The state of public health emergency and regulations

“…Government must endeavor to put together the SPHE regulations, properly tabled in Parliament, gazetted and publicized.This way, the public would be adequately and guided as to what is required of them under the circumstances. This will also help to ensure clarity and certainty in fighting against the pandemic.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

President Bio and ECOWAS leaders lay out strategy to combat COVID-19 in West Africa

“ECOWAS Heads of States, including president Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone who is currently on a 14 days self-isolation for covid-19, yesterday held an Extraordinary Summit Meeting via video conferencing to discuss how to combat the exponential spread of the virus across the region, with over 6,000 people now confirmed to have contracted the virus in West Africa.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

COVID-19 precautionary measures evoke poverty dilemma in Sierra Leone

“Whilst the Medical and Dental Association of Sierra Leone has recommended for government to institute a fourteen-days nationwide lockdown in completion of the incubation period of the COVID-19, several rights activists have challenged this recommendation on the basis that Sierra Leoneans are extremely poor and that a two weeks lockdown would impose a very huge burden on the vulnerable poor who rely on hand-to-mouth survival.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone government announces new coronavirus restrictions

“Although this is not a national lockdown, the restrictions exempt the transportation of goods and essential services, but impose a night time curfew from 9:00pm to 6:00am. The official working hours of all public and private sector workers have also been set at 9am to 4pm.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph