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New Zealand dispatches nurses to fight Ebola in Salone

By Abdul Karim Koroma in Addis Ababa

Ambassador Keh Kamara (right) and his New Zealand counterpart, Dr. James Kember

Ambassador Keh Kamara (right) and his New Zealand counterpart, Dr. James Kember

As part of the international response effort to help combat the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. James Kember, has Sierra Leone’s envoy to that country, Ambassador Osman Keh Kamara, that his country has sent two clinical nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak in the country.

Ambassador Dr. Kember, who made the announcement when he paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Kamara at the Chancery on Friday 15th August, said the nurses would be deployed in Kenema under the New Zealand Red Cross Aid Workers Programme, which is co-financed by the New Zealand Red Cross and the New Zealand Aid Programme.

He pointed out that his country would like to share its experience on how to curb the EVD in Sierra Leone, especially in the quarantining of people and vehicular movement.

Responding, Ambassador Kamara expressed gratitude to his peer on behalf of the government and people of Sierra Leone and equally updated him on the activities so far undertaken by the Presidential Task Force on Ebola, including measures put in place in order to prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the country.

The Presidential Task Force was formed and chaired by President Ernest Bai Koroma as an immediate response from his government to fight the dreaded disease.

Ambassador Kamara noted that this contribution, plus those from other friendly countries and inter-governmental agencies, would go a long way to complementing government’s efforts in eradicating the disease in the country.

The meeting was also attended by Mohamed Victor Kamara, Second Secretary in the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa.