Inter-Religious Council Assures President Koroma of Their Unshakable Support

The Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone on Monday 15th September assured President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma of their unshakable support for the three day house to house campaign to help contain the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).

This commitment was made during a meeting with the President at State House ahead of the three day lockdown starting from Friday 19th to 21st September, 2014.

Addressing representatives of the Inter-Religious Council, President Koroma recalled that without any speck of doubt the IRC had demonstrated over the years that they are major stakeholders in issues of national interest. He paid glowing tribute to the religious tolerance fledging in the country with members of different religions sitting under one roof, adding that the role of IRC is pivotal to social mobilization, and commended them for their tireless efforts.

President Koroma called on the IRC to continue to pray fervently for the nation as this is both a national effort and a national sacrifice. He implored the religious leaders to engage their congregants to regard the 3 day house to house campaign as a national sacrifice so that “we speedily return the situation to normalcy”. “Even though it is a difficult thing,”the President said, “we have to work collectively because this is in the interest of all and it has to do with the survival of all Sierra Leoneans.

“There are so many lessons that we have learnt out of it that we do hope and pray that we get over it quickly. We don’t want to get on to December in this state by December we should bounce back to normalcy so that come 2015, we will start afresh as a nation” President Koroma said.

The President further explained that government was making frantic efforts in establishing treatment centres across the country with specific reference to Lakka, Kerry Town, Bo and Port Loko. “We are completing the Lakka holding Centre and the Treatment Centre this week,” he disclosed and continued that the ongoing construction of a treatment centre at Gbomsamba will cover the northern flank of the country.

Acknowledging the effects of Ebola, President Koroma said that it is not normal situation for the country anymore, and called on all to cooperate with the officials during the three day lock down. With the increase capacity of the laboratories, President Koroma encouraged all to get the sick out for further tests to enable “us win the fight against the virus as the house to house campaign will comprise social mobilizers, health people and contact tracers to reach out and track everybody that is infected.

President Koroma said that the extension of the exercise will determine how effective and exhaustive the whole process was. He described the outbreak as war. “There is no option, whatever it takes “We have to win this war,” the President vowed.

Sheikh Abu Bakarr Conteh reaffirmed their position by promising to comply with the three day lock down, saying that the three days stay at home is in the interest of the country. He stated that they will relay this message to the various churches and mosques and encouraged their congregants to not only heed to the regulations but also pray for the country.

Source : Government of Sierra Leone

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