Sierra Leone: Schools to reopen in Ebola hit S/Leone after 7 months' closure

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Schools that were shut in Sierra Leone seven months ago over the Ebola Virus Disease are to reopen, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in his New Year message to the nation on Thursday.

"Fellow Sierra Leoneans, with my instructions the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is putting in place modalities to reopen schools and colleges in the shortest possible time," the President said.

The announcement came amid growing cautious optimism that the virus may be slowing down in parts of the country, including the hard-hit northern region.

President Koroma called for divine intervention in the fight against what he referred to as "evil virus", and declared seven days of prayer and fasting beginning Thursday (1Jan).

Sierra Leone is the worst-hit of the three West African countries mostly affected by Ebola, having recorded the highest number of cases, 9,446, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The disease has also claimed 2,758 lives in the country.

But Liberia has recorded the highest number of deaths, 3,423, from 8,018 cases.

Overall, Ebola has claimed 7,905 lives mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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01 january 2015 12:04:00

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