President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is recognizing the efforts of people and organizations that defied the odds to stop Ebola in Sierra Leone.
The Ebola Awards Ceremony, held at the forecourt of State House, was aimed at recognizing deserving persons and organisations for their invaluable contributions to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
Hundreds of people died in Sierra Leone and thousands of families affected during the Ebola crises that also destabilized the economies of Guinea and Liberia.
There are 199 awards in total, including 16 posthumous awards. The awards fall under three categories – Gold, Silver and Bronze.
President Koroma, the First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, one of their daughters Alice Koroma, the Speaker of Parliament Sheku BB Dumbuya, the Deputy Speaker Chernoh Bah, the Majority Leader of the House of Parliament Ibrahim Bundu, cabinet ministers and senior government officials are in attendance.
A host of other personalities who are in attendance include the Chief of Defence Staff Major General S.O. Williams, the Inspector General of Police Francis A. Munu, Representative of President Professor Yayah A JJ Jammeh of the Republic of The Gambia, the Chairman and Leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party Chief Sumano Kapen and the Minority Whip of the House of Parliament Hon. Sidie Tunis.
The West African epidemic was the largest ever outbreak of Ebola. The disease – first identified in 1976 – had only affected a few hundred people at any one time before. There have been almost 28,000 cases across West Africa since December 2013 and about 11,300 deaths.