By Jessica A Badebye
The Bar Association of Sierra Leone has joined government in Ebola fight by donating of 100 million Leones (Le100, 000,000) to President Ernest Bai Koroma as a form of collective approach to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country. The donation was made during the association’s installation of its newly elected executive at a quiet ceremony in State House this week.
While congratulating the association on the election of its new executive, President Koroma thanked the association and all Sierra Leoneans and assured them that a Presidential Taskforce on Ebola has already been setup, as part of his government’s continued effort to make sure that the country is not isolated from the rest of the world as a result of the outbreak. He described the epidemic as a distraction from the development and transformation process of the country but expressed optimism that after the 90 days of the Public Health Emergency, the Ebola epidemic will be a thing of the past.
In a press release communicated to The London Evening Post, the newly-elected President of the Bar Association, Ibrahim Sorie pledged his association’s fullest support towards the fight against the disease during this trying time. He informed President Koroma of earlier engagements with the country’s Ministry of Health officials and Sanitation which include mobilising funds with relevant key players by holding interactive sessions to enhance a collaborative approach in fighting the menace.
The Secretary General of the Bar Association, James Forna Sesay described the current Ebola situation as a test for the country, and further reiterated the association’s commitment towards the eradication of the disease in Sierra Leone. West African countries of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are facing the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus, with almost 1,000 deaths registered and the situation has been declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization.