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Egypt aids Ebola fight

DECEMBER 3, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

As the government and its partners continue with their efforts to find ways of ending the Ebola virus disease, the Egyptian Ambassador to Sierra Leone yesterday – on behalf of the Egyptian government – presented a large quantity of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

The items donated include: chlorine, adhesive tape, goggles, surgical gloves, shoe covers, body bags, clinical thermometers, surgical caps and examination gloves.

Speaking at the Central Medical Stores in Freetown, where the donation was made, Amr Moussa stressed his country’s commitment to continue supporting Sierra Leone in this time of crisis, noting that the donation will be the first of many to come. He commended the people of Sierra Leone for their courage in ensuring that the Ebola disease is defeated, and health workers who are working tirelessly to save the lives of those already infected with the virus.

According to the Ambassador, Egypt is looking forward to give more support to aid the Ebola fight but they are waiting on the health authorities to provide them with the list of things they need in the fight.

Ambassador Moussa assured that they will also be providing support after the Ebola scourge, especially in the area of capacity building, and also resuming programmes already in place.

He ended up by urging the health officials that treating diseases like malaria should not be neglected.

Receiving the gesture, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sarian Kamara, thanked the Egyptian government through its envoy for their support to the Ebola fight.

While welcoming the assurance by the ambassador to help the country in its post-Ebola period, Dr. Kamara noted that the items donated came at the appropriate time and are very important because they are mostly needed in the treatment facilities.

“You have shown us that you are true friends of Sierra Leone. This donation will help to build our confidence in the fight,” said the deputy Chief Medical Officer who also informed the ambassador about the planned mass drug administration for malaria in Ebola hotspots areas across the country. “We are looking forward for more assistance from you and we will be providing you with a list of our needs.”