By State House Communications Unit
The Regional Country Director of the World Bank in charge of Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia Mr Henry Godfrey Rupiny Kerali Wednesday 12 August 2015 paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown.
Welcoming the World Bank envoy, President Koroma informed that the disease is now under control and the country is working towards a resilient zero of forty two days as stipulated by the World Health Organization. He said prior to the Ebola outbreak the country was bouncing with the economy being on track and getting the right targets. He expressed delight that the country is now moving towards a resilient zero, returning life to normalcy, schools reopening and the acceptance of people returning to health centres is growing. He explained that government is trying to get the economy back on track, bringing back on board the informal movers and shakers, cross border trade, and livelihood programmes.
President Koroma also acknowledged the support from the World Bank which he said has helped greatly in bringing the disease under control. The president said moving forward is continuity on addressing other challenges citing the Mamamah project and others. He went on to note that with lessons learnt from the outbreak, Sierra Leone will come out strongly with a robust economy.
The Regional Country Director of the World Bank Mr Henry Kerali acknowledged President Koroma’s leadership exhibited in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. He registered his commitment to working with government while informing about the replacement of the outgone Country Manager Ato Browne.