Vickie Remoe Institute of Digital Communications

Majority of Sierra Leoneans say government managed COVID-19 better than Ebola – Afrobarometer

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A recent Afrobarometer survey has shown that the majority of Sierra Leoneans say the government managed the COVID-19 pandemic better than the Ebola epidemic in 2014. 

The survey states that three-quarters of Sierra Leoneans who took part in the process say the government did a good job of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the country’s experience with the Ebola outbreak made it better prepared to handle COVID-19.

The Ebola epidemic which lasted for two years claimed at least 3,955 lives in the country, while the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 125 deaths only. 

However, very few households report having benefited from government COVID-19 relief assistance. Many also say that relief assistance was distributed unfairly and that resources intended for the COVID response were lost to corruption.

For more information on the survey click here.

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