AID Sierra Leone – PRESS RELEASE 2020/003
AID-SL would like to commend His Excellency, Rtd. Dr. Julius Maada Bio for his pragmatic leadership and the proactiveness of his government for instituting swift measures ahead of the advent of coronavirus in to Sierra Leone through the establishment of holding, quarantine, and treatment centres, and for increasing security surveillance measures across major crossing boarder points of entering into Sierra Leone. We further commend him for establishing the fact that the fight is a national one there by bringing Sierra Leonean experts (men and women) known as the front liners in the fight against the then Ebola Epidemic.
With such positive strides by the authorities, we therefore call on all individuals, families, religious bodies, groups and communities to be in a strict adherence and observing the infection prevention control measures already instituted against the deadly coronavirus through personal hygiene such as regular hand washing, avoid shaking hands with others, avoid crowds, and feel free to call the toll free 117 to report any suspected case around you.
AID-SL is aware of the fact that Sierra Leone is operating a free market economy where men and women who have their monies to spend on commodities and services determine the prices. This can sometimes be exploitative. But we are also of the advantage point that government has the responsibility to protect its citizens from such exploitation.
Therefore, we want to encourage the Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) to ensure economic stabilization and subsidize basic essential services to reduce the burden and economic pressure on ordinary people during these trying times.
We urge the government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Trade and Industry to send out their trade monitoring officers to ensure that business people do not escalate prices unduly.
We passionately appeal to the business community to be considerate and not to hike the prices of basic commodities just to make excess profit during this challenging time.
Government should put modalities in place at the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) cyber units to monitor closely and discourage persons from misusing the social media to prevent misinformation that will increase panic in our citizens.
As usual, the Advocacy Initiative for Development remains very open to collaboration and partnership in finding solution to our challenges.
Together, we can prevent the coronavirus from entering Sierra Leone.
God bless our beloved nation, Sierra Leone.