Freetown - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma said on Wednesday authorities would soon start laying off staff recruited to fight Ebola as the numbers of cases decline, but these workers would be employed elsewhere, where possible.
Sierra Leone and neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling to stamp out the worst Ebola outbreak on record, which has killed over 10 000 people during the last year.
Addressing the country about the outbreak, Koroma said the infection rate was falling “week by week” and the number of treatment facilities and staff would be reduced, despite the need for continued vigilance.
“For those who will be laid off because of the scaling down of facilities, let me express my sincere thanks to you for your brave national service to your country,” he said. No details were given on how many people would be laid off.