Sierra Leone president on post-Ebola ‘Thank You’ tour

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has embarked on a nationwide tour to say ‘Thank You’ to the people for successfully fighting the Ebola epidemic.
“State House on Monday said the president will use the tour to reinforce calls for vigilance amidst renewed fears sparked by the resurgence of the deadly virus in neighbouring Liberia for the third time.
“On Saturday, the country observed a National Day of Thanksgiving organised to praise God for his mercies in ending the epidemic.
“Liberia relapses
“Sierra Leone was declared free of the Ebola virus on November 7 following completion of a 42-day countdown, after nearly 4,000 people had died of the disease.
In Liberia, a 10-year-old boy tested positive for the virus last week. Three other family members have since been confirmed positive, too.
“Over the weekend authorities said they were monitoring more than 150 people feared to have come into contact with family members of the boy.
“President Koroma said the Liberian situation emphasised the need for reinforced community surveillance.
“Bury any body
“”We don’t want to go through the difficulties and pains we went through,” he said on the first leg of his tour in the eastern headquarters town of Kenema, one of the first places to be hit by the disease in early 2014.
“Sierra Leone is still on a 90-day surveillance declared by the World Health Organisation, during when anyone who dies will be swabbed and tested for the virus.
“Officially designated burial teams will also bury any body exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms.
During his nationwide tour, President Koroma will also seek to popularise his government’s post-Ebola recovery programme and seek to enlist mass support for it.