Too little too late!
After being imposed without regulations, the one year old Public Health Emergency has been lifted. It was meant to be one the measures in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, which hit the shores of our beloved country in March 2020.
The declaration of a State of Emergency was indeed controversial, as the main opposition parties in Parliament and members of the public questioned the rational and manner in which it was enforced; nevertheless it took effect. For twelve months Sierra Leoneans were forced to contend with an emergency situation which to a large extent subjected their freedoms.
We want to appreciate the citizenry for their comportment throughout the long period of being caged in the name of fighting a virus that is hardly believed to be around. It is a demonstration of civility and respect for legitimate authority; it is indeed the price every peace loving Sierra Leonean is sometimes required and be ready to pay on account of their country even in the midst of doubtful circumstances.
Having gone through the inflicting period of an emergency that was not really necessary in the first place, we welcome its lifting and the end of the curfew. We observe however, that Sierra Leoneans are yet to come to terms with the new development having been conditioned by the emergency situation to the point that lifting it does not make any difference to them in any way. It looks like it will take some time for them to believe that they are free once more and can start living normal life and socialize likewise.
Contrary to official version, we disagree that the public health emergency had an insignificant impact on the pandemic in our country and removing it is coming rather late; it’s too little too late!
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