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NRA raises Ebola awareness at Gbomsamba

NOVEMBER 25, 2014  

The Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara, over the weekend visited the Gbomsamba community in the Port Loko District to educate the people on the various ways the Ebola virus could be transmitted.

The NRA boss said her visit was part of a much larger national public awareness-raising effort to fight the virus. While encouraging community members to adhere to the government’s call of avoiding all bodily contact with others, she said people must equally be cautious when using public latrines to stop the spread of the disease.

Madam Kallah-Kamara explained that early this year, NRA adopted the Gbomsamba village as part of its corporate social responsibility with the objective of working in partnership with community people to bring development in their locality. She said her focus was on education, health and agriculture.

According to the Commissioner-General, last weekend’s visit was the authority’s fourth to the village. Each visit, she added, was used to assess developmental needs and provide necessary support to the community in areas of interest.

Madam Kallah-Kamara donated assorted food items including rice, sugar, oil, onions, fish and provisions to 70 households in the community. To support the teaching of children in the community, she also donated radio sets, batteries, books, pens and pencils to each household to enable children listen to the educational programmes being aired on radio. This, she said, will keep the children engaged and limit the tendency of parents to overburden them with farm work.

Madam Kamara said people should take advantage of education for individual, family, community and national development.

While presenting the items, the NRA boss noted that the institution was one of the few parastatals using a grassroots, community-based approach not only to meet its corporate social responsibility, but also to raise awareness on Ebola. She said she was pleased to see people using the sanitizer bowls donated by NRA to wash their hands as frequently as possible.

Receiving the items, Chief Pa Alimamy Turay commended the management of NRA for their support and interest in the community. He revealed that while Gbomsamba has not recorded any case of Ebola, the community remains vigilant to monitor residents for any symptom.

He said young people in the community have been trained to identify and transfer sick people to a newly constructed centre at Faredugu.