President Ernest Bai Karoma

Sierra Leone's president calls for week of fasting, prayer over Ebola

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma asked the country to begin a week of fasting and prayers on Thursday to end the Ebola virus that has killed more than 2 700 of his countrymen.


The worst outbreak on record of the virus is still spreading in West Africa, especially in Sierra Leone, and the number of known cases globally has exceeded 20 000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

In a New Year's Day broadcast, Koroma said the seven days of prayers and fasting would begin immediately.

“I ask all to commit our actions to the grace, mercy and protection of God Almighty," he said.

The death toll from the outbreak, which has been mostly confined to West Africa, has risen to 7 905, the WHO said, following 317 fatalities recorded since it last issued figures on the 24th of December.

Sierra Leone is the worst-hit country in West Africa with more than 9 000 Ebola cases and the number of infections continue to grow.

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