AUGUST 28, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The ruling All People’s Congress (APC) yesterday hosted a symbolic laying of wreath and memorial service in honour of those that have so far succumbed to the deadly Ebola viral disease, including Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Dr. Modupeh Cole and the party’s Councilor in Ward 10 in Kailahun District, Emmanuel Sakilla.
The event at the party’s headquarters in Freetown brought together family members and relatives of the fallen victims as well as some executive and ordinary members of the party.
In his statement, the party’s National Secretary General, Osman Foday Yansaneh, described the Ebola outbreak as a solemn moment in the country’s history as the nation battles “another war with an unseen enemy that is lethal in nature”.
“It is a moment that behooves the collective intervention of all Sierra Leoneans as the Ebola virus, lethal as it is, knows no boundaries, political affiliation, colour, sex or tribe,” said the ruling party scribe. “As a party, we are aware that the financial cost involved in containing the Ebola virus is very huge. We shall continue as a party to do more in harnessing our resources to continue our support to the fight against Ebola, and we urge all meaningful Sierra Leoneans to do likewise.”
Mr. Yansaneh opined that since the outbreak was first reported in neighbouring Guinea, they as a party – in close collaboration with their branches across the world and the established party structures – have been very active in supporting efforts to deal with the disease.
He called on the business community to restrain themselves from the unholy habit of hiking the prices of essential commodities, especially in the quarantined districts of Kenema and Kailahun as according to him, it is a difficult period for the country and that “the APC will not want to see people’s suffering being worsen by unscrupulous business persons”.
“The total number of confirmed cases continues to fluctuate. We can only stop the spread of Ebola if we, as a people, adhere to what we are being told by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Do not eat bush meat or fruits partially eaten by bats. We shall as a nation defeat this enemy and put this dark moment of our history to the shelf,” he said with optimism.