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Cholera cases on the increase
The number of reported cholera cases in the Western Area has taken an upward trend. This was confirmed by the Director of Disease Surveillance and Prevention in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Foday Daffae. He said the number of reported cases for Port Loko, Kambia and Pujehun, where the epidemic earlier hit has witnessed a downward trend while there are reports of new cases in Bo and Bombali districts. He disclosed that the number of reported cholera deaths stands at 100 as at Monday 30th July 2012.
Sierra Leone to start exporting fish to Europe
Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Dr. Soccoh Kabia has assured that in the not too distant future, Sierra Leone will start exporting fish to Europe. He said the ministry has engaged a company in Holland, PRECON to help Sierra Leone to improve on the value of its fish product. Dr. Kabia further revealed that the ministry is currently going through a management and functional review, adding that it is only through this process that the country will start benefiting from its natural resources.
August 10 is judgment day for Mayor
The Public Relations Officer for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Mr. Shollay Davies, has disclosed that August 10, 2012 has been slated for the court verdict on the corruption case against the Mayor of the Freetown City Council (FCC), Mr. Herbert George Williams. Mr. Davies also revealed that approximately 164 cases are currently with the commission of which 22 have been charged to court and 17 currently before the High Court.
Deaf and blind storm NEC Headquarters
A good number of people with disability, mostly deaf and blind, have stormed the office of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Tower Hill, Freetown in protest for their disabled colleague who was said to have been detained in police cells. According to the protesters, their colleague has spent five days in detention on allegations of double registration in the past Bio-Metric Voter Registration exercise.
Sierra Leone launches Breastfeeding Week
The World Breastfeeding Week has been officially launched in Sierra Leone at the Dwarzak Community Health Center in Freetown. The week is expected to run from 1st to 7th August 2012 under the theme ‘Understanding the Past Planning the Future’. The launching was graced by pregnant women, lactating mothers, health workers, community elders and senior officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other partners in the health sector.
Sierra Leone Athletes meets High Commissioner in UK
Sierra Leone’s delegation to the Olympic Games in London has received a warm welcome from Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Edward Mohamed Toray. The High Commissioner thanked the officials and athletes for partaking in the Games. He assured them of his support whilst in the UK and encouraged them to represent the country as expected.
Save the Children goes international
Save the Children UK, a non-profit, non-political and non-denominational international child rights-based organization operating in more than 120 countries across the world, including Sierra Leone, has now become Save the Children International as of Tuesday 31st July 2012. this became possible after all the 29 members and associates of the organization met to deliver their international programme through the single new entity named ‘Save the Children International’.
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