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The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone as the regulatory authority charged with the responsibility of overseeing the activities of all pharmacies and drugs outlet in Sierra Leone has closed two premises that have been administering treatment to sick patients at Sumaila Town in Freetown. Willo and Willious Enterprise and Faith Enterprise situated at Sumaila Town are the two pharmaceutical outlets found wanting in violating the regulations governing their operations by administering treatments to sick patients.  

The said premises were found wanting for administering treatment to sick patients during this very delicate period in our country’s history. Since the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone, the Board has made it crystal clear that no pharmacy or drug outlet is to treat any sick patient, reiterating its earlier stance that pharmacies and other drug outlets are not meant to be treatment centers. The Pharmacy Board has earlier issued a press release warning all pharmaceutical professionals and premises to desist from treating any patient in their premises as this, the release states, will increase the spread of the infectious Ebola virus which is currently affecting the country. Therefore, the Board during this state of emergency is encouraging all pharmaceutical professionals and premises to desist from treating patients in their premises and to uphold the rules and regulations governing their practice and operations in Sierra Leone.       

The Board therefore, wants to reaffirm that it will not hesitate to take the appropriate action against any pharmaceutical professional or premise that defaults or is found wanting in treating patients in their premises especially during this period of Ebola outbreak as this will put our public health in jeopardy.

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