The Ebola Awards Ceremony which has just been concluded at the forecourt of State House is aimed at recognising deserving persons and organisations for their invaluable contributions to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

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There are 199 awards in total, including 16 posthumous awards. The awards fall under three categories – Gold, Silver and Bronze.

President Koroma, the First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, the Speaker of Parliament Sheku BB Dumbuya, the Deputy Speaker Chernoh Bah, the Majority Leader of the House of Parliament Ibrahim Bundu, cabinet ministers and senior government officials were in attendance.

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A host of other personalities who were in attendance include the Chief of Defence Staff Major General S.O. Williams, the Inspector General of Police Francis A. Munu, Representative of President Professor Yayah A JJ Jammeh of the Republic of The Gambia, the Chairman and Leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party Chief Sumano Kapen and the Minority Whip of the House of Parliament Hon. Sidie Tunis.

Of the 16 posthumous awards conferred, 11 were given to the doctors who succumbed to the Ebola virus, including the late Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, Dr. Olivette Miranda Buck, Dr. Modupeh John Horatio Cole, Dr. Martin Salia, Dr. Victor R. Willoughby, Dr. Aiah Solomon Konoyima, Dr. Sahr Jimmy Rogers, Dr. Godfrey Alexander George, Dr. T. T. Rogers, Dr. Dauda A. B. Koroma, and Dr. Moses Michael Kargbo. A good number of military and police officers received awards in recognition to the Ebola fight.

Congratulations to all.