Note to Correspondents re plans to mark end of Ebola transmission in Sierra Leone
On Behalf of the Sierra Leone National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
On 7 November 2015, if no new case of Ebola virus disease is recorded, Sierra Leone will have met the criteria set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for declaring the end of Ebola transmission. If Sierra Leone meets that milestone, on that day, the WHO will declare the end of Ebola transmission in Sierra Leone, at an event organised by the Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).
The declaration will take place at a formal ceremony at the Bintumani Conference Centre, Bintumani Hotel, in Aberdeen, Freetown and will be attended by His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, key government officials, local government and traditional authorities, religious leaders, heads of political parties, members of the international community, healthcare and Ebola response workers and non-governmental organizations, the press and representatives of civil society.
Statement by Key Response Leaders:
- Dr Anders Nordström, Country Representative, WHO
- Ms Bintou Keita, Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone, Interagency Collaboration on Ebola
- A Representative of the United Kingdom
- Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
- Major (Rtd.) Palo Conteh, NERC CEO
- The Keynote address will be delivered by His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
Saturday 7 November 2015, 8:00 Freetown, GMT
Place: Bintumani Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Freetown