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IMC hosts Health Ministry and OGI Director

IMC hosts Health Ministry and OGI Director

The usual Government press briefing at the Ministry of Information and Communications on the 8th floor of the Youyi building in Freetown on Thursday, 12th November, 2015, hosted the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Foday Sawi and the Director of Open Government Initiative and Open Government Partnership (OGI/OGP).

In his remarks, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation told the press that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared Sierra Leone Ebola free after completing the forty two days without any new case but noted that as a nation we are not completely out of the woods and so we should be alert and continue to observe the health messages and practices.

He explained that the forty one thousand five hundred, (41,500) Ebola survivors have the potential to pass the virus to others especially men.

He also revealed that that there are records that the Ebola virus had resurfaced in countries that had once been declared free referring to Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Gongo as examples.

The Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alpha Kanu told pressmen that President Ernest Bai Ernest Bai Koroma on the 11 and 12th November this year launched a fisheries patrol vessel called SPV Sorie Ibrahim Koroma that will be patrolling the country’s waters for defaulters who contravene the laws of the sea and also launched that Public Private Partnership (PPP) aimed at encouraging public private partnership investment to garner the efforts of government and organisations to recovery.

The Director, Open Government Initiative and Open Government Partnership OGI/OGP, Madam Kadija Sesay, disclosed that programmes of the OGI are purely based on international best practices aimed at protecting the image of the country to its international partners.

She also stated that owing to the fact that the country is a donor driven nation they have the responsibility to translate, interpret and simplify government agendas in concert with civil society organizations and media institutions to ensure that citizens well informed on government programmes and activities as recommended by the Truths and Reconciliation Commission Report.

The Outreach Coordinator in the Office of the Government Spokesman, Mr.  Abdulai Bayraytay said that the people of Kuwama and Six Mile are ready to welcome the flood victims in their midst.

 He further revealed that about two thirds of the victims have decided not to be relocated as they preferred cash compensation instead of relocation, as they said that they have relatives who will accommodate them in Freetown and its environs

Mr. Bayraytay further stated that international migration laws prohibit forceful relocation of victims, hence the need for the Office of National Security (ONS) to verify those who want to relocate and those who prefer cash compensation.

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