- says President Koroma
OCTOBER 7, 2014
As government continues to enhance an effective approach towards the Ebola outbreak, President Ernest Bai Koroma last week described the Ebola virus as an international terrorist. He made this allusion at State House while addressing contributors to the fight against the deadly Ebola viral disease.
President Koroma stated that Ebola is not only a sub-regional issue but has posed a serious threat to international health and security. He lamented the fact that Ebola has not only been a distraction to government, but also led to the country being isolated, adding that the disease struck at a time when the country was moving forward in terms of increased economic activities.
President Koroma also mentioned the effects of the outbreak on the country’s cultural practices, and urged all Sierra Leoneans to adhere to preliminary warnings by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. “The fight against Ebola is not limited to treatment centres, we have to monitor the situation, trace the infected and treat the already affected persons,” he said.
While acknowledging the importance of the needed collaboration by all Sierra Leoneans to contain the spread of the virus, President Koroma expressed thanks and appreciation to the various contributors for identifying themselves with a national issue that requires collective efforts to mitigate. He noted that as the country goes through difficult moments, such efforts will go a long way in actualizing the national determination to containing the outbreak. As international support has been heightened, the President said: “We must continue with the increased awareness raising and sensitization.”
The Amir of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone, Mr. Saidu Rahman, as part of their contribution in the fight against the disease, presented congratulatory messages to President Koroma and pledged the sum of ten thousand United States dollars to be deposited into the dollar account of the Ebola Emergency Fund.
Mr. Rahman commended the efforts of government and lauded the leadership of President Koroma, while assuring him of their continued support.
Led by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Joseph B. Dauda, the Chief Immigration Officer, Alpha Kholifa Koroma presented a cheque donation of twenty-five million Leones to aid the fight against Ebola.
In his presentation, Mr. Koroma sympathized with the President with the loss of lives and stated that Ebola came at a time when the President was nurturing and rekindling the economy of the country.
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Captain Allieu Pat-Sowe, together with members of staff of Afric Fishing Company, made a cheque donation of thirty million Leones and one hundred cartoons of fish to help the food distribution to quarantined homes and isolated districts.
The Sierra Leone Muslims Missionaries Union (SLMMU) also donated five hundred and fifty bags of rice to be distributed across the country. Sheikh Fomba Swarray said that Moyamba Junction, Port Loko Central, Lunsar, Daru and Segbwema will have fifty bags each, whilst Makeni, Kenema and the Western Area will receive one hundred bags each.
With this, President Koroma urged officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to do the distribution on time in order to meet the desired impact.
Sheikh Swarray went on to state that they were involved in awareness raising and sensitization, collaborated with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists and participated in the recently concluded three-day ‘Ose-to-Ose Ebola Tok’ campaign.
Joining the government in the fight, he said, was a milestone strategy to help flush the deadly virus out of the country.