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The Ebola Virus Disease, an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding and can spread through contact with infected body fluids, killed close to 4,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 11,000 people across the region since December 2013, according to WHO.

At the ceremony on All Souls Day, which commemorates the faithful departed in particular but not exclusively one’s relatives, religious leaders said they wanted to dedicate the day and its memory to the nurses, volunteers and doctors who died fighting the deadly haemorrhagic fever.

“As servants of God we came to observe prayers for their souls because the disease brought discomfort to Sierra Leoneans. Some homes were left empty, some family heads gone, children became orphans, which brought grate loss to the country – economically, socially and spiritually”, one of them said. 

The president would address nation and a 3-minute silence, from 11:00am to 11:03am would be observed by the general public wherever they might be.

Meanwhile, all Sierra Leoneans had been encouraged to wear anything yellow or join the yellow ribbon campaign initiated during the fight against the disease by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists and the National Ebola Response Centre.   

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