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‘Ebola monies not for distribution’

- says Presidential Adviser

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

ALHAJI I.B. KARGBO ... Head of the Communications Committee of the Presidential Task Force on Ebola

ALHAJI I.B. KARGBO … Head of the Communications Committee of the Presidential Task Force on Ebola

Special Adviser to President Ernest Bai Koroma has stressed that monies received from donor partners, the private sector and individuals as donations to the fight against Ebola are not meant for distribution but rather to support the national response in fighting the deadly disease.

Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, who was responding to a question posed at a press briefing hosted by the Media Committee of the Presidential Task Force on Ebola about officials at the Kissy Mental Home asking for their own share of the Ebola funds, stated that “if those in the home have problem with logistics, then the government would ensure it is addressed”. He however stressed that “the Ebola money is not meant for distribution”.

According to Mr. Kargbo, who chairs the media component of the Presidential Task Force on Ebola, the government is very much careful in the handling of the Ebola funds because “we want to be transparent and accountable”.

“Let me make it very clear that funds meant for the fight against Ebola are not for distribution. We want to be transparent with regards the handling of these funds because people are making calls and sending text messages on a daily basis asking how the funds are being spent,” he said.

The former Information Minister emphasized that the declaration of a three-day ‘stay at home’ was a deliberate attempt by the government and its partners to ensure the containment of the Ebola disease, which has killed over 400 Sierra Leoneans.

Also speaking, the Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoh Kabba, commended the United States government and its people for supporting the government of Sierra Leone with technical materials, including a testing laboratory and 30 CDC staff members, as well as the provision of five ambulances as loan to help contain the disease.

He stated that the government has done their best to envision the successes and drawbacks of the three-day lockdown, and has planned ahead to mitigate the negative aspects of it.

“One major outcome we have foreseen in the three-day ‘stay at home’ is a sudden spike in the number of suspected and positive cases of Ebola. The disease is new to us and we still have people who are not yet well educated on it or who are in denial,” he said.