Ebola Crisis: Sierra Leone Bans Christmas Celebrations

Channels Television  
Updated December 14, 2014

Sierra LeoneSierra Leone has banned public celebrations over Christmas and the New Year, because of the Ebola crisis.

Soldiers are to be deployed on the streets throughout the festive period to keep people indoors.

The Minister of Defence, who heads the government’s Ebola Response Unit, Palo Conteh, made the declaration on Friday.

He said that there would be “no Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. We will ensure that everybody remains at home to reflect on Ebola.

“Military personnel will be on the streets at Christmas and the New Year to stop any street celebrations.”

President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has also told traditional leaders to stop traditional practices as part of efforts to end Ebola in the country.

The President added that despite international aid, it seemed “as if the cases are increasing”, especially in north-western areas such as Port Loko and the Bombali region.