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Lebanese Community Supports Govt COVID-19 Response

May 18, 2020

The refurbished ward furnished with brand new hospital beds

Following the huge donation made at the Emergency Operation Center in Freetown towards the fight against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, the Lebanese Community has on Friday 15th May 2020 refurbished and handed over the Male Surgical Ward at the 34 Military hospitals, donated 30 beds in support of the fight against the Coronavirus and helped strengthen the health care system in Sierra Leone.

The Lebanese Community is always willing and ready to support the government and the people of Sierra Leone in diverse sectors.  It could be recalled that during the Ebola outbreak, the Lebanese Community also played pivotal role in supporting the government and the people of Sierra Leone to defeat the Ebola Virus. 

During the official handing over ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel H.S Kamara welcomed the Lebanese community delegation headed by H.E Ambassador Hadi Jaber and the chairperson of the Lebanese Covid-19 Taskforce Hashim Hashim to the 34 Military hospitals.

He thanked the Lebanese community for the kind gesture in renovating the 34 military hospitals, adding that it will help greatly in the fight against the corona virus.

“When Sierra Leone recorded its first COVID-19 case; the Lebanese community was the first people to come on board and pledged their determination to contribute to the response,” said Lieutenant Colonel H.S Kamara, adding that there then they identified structure at the hospital to refurbish. He said that in a short space of time the work started and now it ready to be used. The military doctor spells out that the refurbishment is a great contribution to the health care system in Sierra Leone and 34 military hospitals in particular, as it is in line with the vision of the Minister of Defence to expand infrastructural space to accommodate more patients. He ended by thanking the Lebanese community for always standing with the people of Sierra Leone.

The COVID-19 National Case Management Pillar Lead, Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) S. Sevalie in his statement explained that the refurbishment of the male surgical department will help immensely in taking good care of patient that are infected with the corona virus. He added that the refurbished male surgical ward will enable them to provide the best service possible to every single case that comes to the facility.

The Lebanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Hadi Jaber, commended the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General (Rtd) Kellie Conteh who also doubles as the Coordinator of the Emergency Operation Center for his tireless efforts to completely wipe out the corona virus in Sierra Leone.  He added that the Lebanese community is proud to renovate the male surgical wards of the 34 military hospitals.

Ambassador Jaber indicated that while they continue to respect the laws of Sierra Leone they are also delighted to give their own contribution in support of the developmental activities of the country.  He concluded by sending a solidarity message to H.E President Bio and to the entire people of Sierra Leone.

The Chairman for the Lebanese COVID-19 Taskforce, Mr. Hashim Hashim informed the gathering that they are also part of the COVID-19 fight in Sierra Leone. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to put more efforts and join the Emergency Operation Center to wipe out entirely Corona Virus in the country.

Dr Bash Taqi, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer who represents the Ministry of Health and Sanitation stated that it’s not strange to see the Lebanese community helping the people of Sierra Leone. Dr Taqi explained that in the early 1960s, the first children hospital in Sierra Leone was built by the Lebanese. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer stated that the Lebanese are part of this country, adding that as most of them have considered themselves as Sierra Leoneans. He added that whenever health war breaks out in the country, the medical doctors and nurses take the lead, he went on to say that one ways to support the doctors and nurses are to equip them with the right gadgets like what the Lebanese community has done. 

He pays tribute to all frontline medical doctors and nurses that are working day and night to eradicate the deadly corona virus from the country. He also thanked the Lebanese community for their persistent support to the people of Sierra Leone, adding that the Ministry of Health will always consider them as partners in the health sector. 

The Minister of Defence, Brigadier General (Rtd) Kellie Conteh expressed appreciations to be part of such development that adds another feather to the cap of the Ministry of Health. He said that as Coordinator of the Emergency Response Centrer and Minister of Defense, his aim is to uplift the 34 military hospitals to a sophisticated standard to serve the people of Sierra Leone.

Brigadier General (Rtd) Kellie Conteh enlightened that when COVID-19 stretch to this country, H.E President Bio called for help and the Lebanese community answered that call by renovating the male surgical wards of the 34 military hospitals. He thanked the Lebanese community for such a gesture to the health sector, as the refurbished facility will not only help in the fight to end COVID-19 but will also support the entire health system. 

He assures the Lebanese community that they would put the facility into proper use and thoroughly look after.