Although Ebola cases are declining in West Africa, Sierra Leone officials are worried that the president’s decision to lift travel restrictions may re-ignite the spread of the deadly disease.
President Ernest Bai Koroma two weeks ago announced a relaxation of travel restrictions to support economic activity. Some officials agreed that the closure of roads hurt the economy.
Freetown Mayor Franklyn Bode Gibson said Tuesday the decision was made “too early.” He said he will call for a meeting this week with the National Ebola Response Center to register his disappointment about the opening of district roads.
The UN health agency said last week that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.