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More funds to fight Ebola

- sensitization targeted in high risk districts

Government has committed millions of leones to strengthen service delivery and capacity building in the Kenema government hospital Ebola Treatment Centre and Observation Unit, and the Kenema and Kailahun District Health Management Teams to address the most urgent challenges, Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo has disclosed.

Addressing heads of the various units, the minister said the money provided also include sensitization incentives for committed and dedicated health workers in the different units, hoping that it would serve as motivation and recognition for the service delivered.

Government, Ms. Kargbo said, sees the outbreak as another war that needs total commitment by all and sundry with a view to emerging victorious over the spread of the Ebola viral disease in the country.

She commended the heads of the various units for their continued tireless efforts to contain the disease, and assured them of government’s stance in ensuring that their efforts in the fight get the deserving reward for posterity.

The health minister, in another engagement with bereaved families, relatives and colleagues of two nurses who lost their lives just a day to her visit, expressed her heartfelt sympathy to the deceased families, colleagues, and to others who similarly lost their lives whilst trying to save lives.

She noted the critical job of the two nurses and the others that passed away before and during the outbreak and consoled their loved ones to accept the unfortunate situation.

She described the work of the health workers as sacrificial but with divine blessings.

Madam Miatta Kargbo also told her audience that plans are currently afoot to recruit trained and qualified volunteer nurses and other cadre working at high risk health facilities in the districts.

Giving an update on the Ebola outbreak and the challenges and success story, Physician Specialist Dr. Sheik Umarr Khan said the disease’s presence in the country is real but has a problem with those who are yet to accept the fact that the Ebola virus is here.

Commenting on the success story, he said the case of survivors is very encouraging and stressed the need for people to visit the health facility early; as early detection could register a ray of hope and chances to survive.

The minister as part of her mission, made an inspection tour of the District Medical Stores, the WFP warehouse where she assessed the drugs and food situation.

She also visited the Observation Unit Treatment Centre and the Bandama check point to assess the level of work, and extended gratitude and appreciation to the staff for their relentless efforts in the fight against the disease.