His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has revealed that his government has done and is doing all it takes to prevent the entry of the Corona virus into the country, declaring that if it comes, the necessary precautions are in place to contain it within the shortest possible time.
“Corona virus is a global threat and it takes only collective efforts to win the fight. The Best Way to Deal with a Crisis, is to Prevent the Crisis” he said.
The President made this statement at a hastily convened Press Conference at State house on 19th March 2020
“As a government, we have provided security and support to all medical facilities across the country so as to enable them to be very active and proactive in this fight, the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent that crisis and my government is in preparedness,” he continued.
He also, he encouraged all to be vigilant, especially against the spread of false news that will create panic an unrest for especially among the illiterate population.
“The only way we can win the fight against Corona is by collective engagements with key partners and stakeholders across different sectors” he emphasised.
He added that the government has deployed 400 military officers to the two major border crossing points with Guinea and Liberia, and created command centers and contact tracing at quarantine centers.
Speaking to members of the fourth estate and MDAs, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr Alpha Tejan Wurrie said that all border crossing and entry points have been put on high alert so as to ensure safe health measures are complied with.
He added that the 34 military hospital and the Chinese friendship hospital at Jui are readily available as Corona treatment centers, should we have any confirmed Corona case.
“We have engaged in proactive measures with medical stakeholders to ensure a safe Sierra Leone. We have different Nationals at the quarantine centers in Lungi as at now and basic social needs are being provided. There’s no need to panic or create panic for the people,” he said.
The Minister of Information and Communication Mohamed Rahman Swaray said that his ministry has had several engagements with the media, motor drivers’ union, market women, inter-religious council and other key players and encouraged them to reach the least community with the messages.