July 09, 2015 10:12 PM
The president of Sierra Leone has urged his people and the world not to become complacent about the Ebola virus, saying this is a battle “we cannot lose.”Sierra Leone’s President Earnest Bai Koroma is in New York this week to participate in an international Ebola recovery conference at the United Nations. His country, Guinea and Liberia are the epicenter of the health crisis that began last year, infecting more than 27,000 people in the three West African countries and killing more than 11,000.Liberia on Thursday announced two new cases of the disease, and Sierra Leone said it will extend
“Ebola has not isolated us as a region or as nations. We still have great potentials, we are still prepared to do business and are preparing to do business… We still want to get to where we were before Ebola struck,” he said.
“It is a terrible situation to be in,” Koroma added, especially when the country is on a positive path. But with international support, he said, Sierra Leone can get to zero cases and stay there and begin the road to national recovery.