The spokesman of the government of Sierra Leone, Mr. Abdulai Bayraytay, said his government is awaiting the scientific report from the committee responsible for the fight against the Ebola pandemic in that country, before a determination is made on the success of the three-day lockdown.
In a telephone interview with a Liberian journalist yesterday, Mr. Bayraytay disclosed that the lockdown, which started last Friday, was welcomed by the majority and that some are even suggesting that it continues.
Mr. Bayraytay was, however, quick to point out that any decision by government to carry out a monthly three-day lockdown as suggested by many residents in the country, will depend on the outcome of the scientific report from field workers used during the lockdown.
About 30,000 fieldworkers were trained and deployed throughout the country of over six million people.
Mr. Bayraytay disclosed that the amount of US$1.6 Million was used during the lockdown, with the amount of US$700,000.00 from the coffers of the Government of Sierra Leone, while the rest came from friends of the country and NGOs.
During the lockdown, Mr. Bayraytay said over150 people willingly reported to the nearest holding or isolation centre to be tested.
The curfew in Sierra Leone came into force on Friday morning, with most of the country's six million inhabitants confined to their homes.
Around 30,000 medical volunteers travelled to affected neighborhoods to find patients and distribute soap.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Sarian Kamara said authorities had managed to discover 22 new cases of the virus during the curfew.
"Had they not been discovered, they would have greatly increased transmission," he said.
He also said between 60 and 70 Ebola victims were buried during the three days of the lockdown, and that the authorities had managed to discover 22 new cases of the virus during the curfew.
The three-day curfew is the most aggressive measure yet taken against the virus by a West African country.
Sierra Leone has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak, with more than 550 victims among the 2,600 deaths so far recorded.
Like Sierra Leone, Liberia is currently battling with the Ebola pandemic, and its citizens and residents are presently observing a 90-day state of emergency declared in August by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.