“We need no State of Emergency for 3rd Wave COVID” – Hon KKY Warns

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Parliamentary Leader for the National Grand Coalition (NGC) HonourableKandehKollehYumkella (KKY) has warned that Sierra Leone does not need a State of Emergency to curb the Third Wave of COVID-19.

“As the number of persons confirmed with COVID-19 increases in the country, the Government must consider using the provisions of the Public Health Act 1960 as amended to help curb the virus” the honourable stated.

He explained that the Act gives the Minister of Health and Sanitation extensive powers, including to restrict movement of people in infected areas, quarantine and isolation of cases, surveillance, make rules for the whole or any part of Sierra Leone for the treatment of affected persons, for preventing the spread of infection and for the vaccination of persons.

According to him, a State of Emergency should never be the first option, especially when the country has adequate laws designed to address its situation.

He said: “We must also continue to call on all Sierra Leoneans to do their part; remember to wear your mask, wash your hands often, maintain social distance and take the vaccine”.