By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
In just two weeks since the start of July , Sierra Leone has recorded a total of 394 Covid-19 cases in its territory one of the highest ever cases recorded in a short while in a month, after the West African nation confirm the delta variant in its samples of Covid -19 confirmed cases in the country.
The country has recorded a total of 6, 046 cases of total confirmed cases , 112 deaths , and a total of 541 total in quarantine and a total of 16, 268 discharged from quarantine.
In June, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the National Covid-19 Response Centre (NaCOVERC) in Sierra Leone, confirmed that the nation was going through its third wave thus advising citizens to follow Covid- 19 protocols like the frequent washing of hands, wearing face mask and to follow social distancing rules among others.
“Be careful fellow #SierraLeoneans! The Delta strain of the #coronavirus is on the rampage. Get vaccinated. Wear a face mask PROPERLY. Avoid avoidable gatherings – especially those for pleasure. Pleasure doesn’t thrive in dire COVID conditions,’’ Public Health National Emergency Operations Centre, said in a statement.
The British West African nation is not only battling with covid-19 but also facing an incessant challenge over the spread of fake news and the many myths shared on its various social media platforms on the virus thus making people not trusting what their health authorities are telling them about the existence of Covid -19 in the country and other parts of the world.
“The Spread of Misinformation Helps Fuel the Spread of Coronavirus. Let’s Stop Both! ,’’ Public Health National Emergency Operations Centre, Sierra Leone added.
There has been vaccination apathy in the country with only 15, 170 fully vaccinated totaling 0.2% out of a population of over 7 million despite the massive sensitization and publicity by the country’s health ministry urging citizens to go out for vaccination , assuring it of its safety on citizens.
“Vaccination has been one of the key strategies in many countries. Many diseases have ended with vaccination” – said Dr. Amara Jambai, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation.
Despite the announcement by NaCOVERC and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation about the country experiencing the delta variant, many citizens are reluctant to take their covid-19 vaccines, neither wearing face mask nor doing social distancing rules daily.