september 12, 2014 By Samuel J. Kargbo
Chief Whip of the ruling All People’s Party in Parliament, Hon. Claude D.M. Kamanda, yesterday called on Ebola burial teams in the country to quickly respond to calls by members of the public.
Speaking during the endorsement of Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah as Minister of Health and Sanitation and eight other presidential nominees, Hon. Kamanda told the newly appointed minister that slow response by Ebola burial teams was a grave concern to the public, noting that such delays force relatives to bury their dead.
“The burial teams are not taking any blood sample back to the family of the affected to know whether the person died of the Ebola disease. Such act must stop with immediate effect so as to avoid chaos,” the ruling party whip said.
He added that the nation is going through hard times and that the minister and his team need to work very hard to meet expectations.
He said his constituency and others in the Western Rural District are faced with the serious challenge of lack of a District Medical Officer in the health center, and pleaded with the new minister to provide an ambulance for the district, which has a reported 42 Ebola cases.
Also speaking, Minority Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Hon. Bernadette Lahai, said that epileptic electricity supply in most health facilities in the country is a monumental challenge in the fight to beat the virus.
Meanwhile, the other approved nominees include: Madina S. Rahman, Deputy Minister of Heath and Sanitation II; Dr. Sullay Sisco Kamara, Chairman Statistics Sierra Leone Council; Margaret Vandy, Commissioner, Right to Access to Information Commission, East; Dr Emmanuel Conteh, Member, Statistics Sierra Leone Council; Alimamy Fofanah, Member, Statistics Sierra Leone Council; and Julian Cole Esq., Member, Serra Leone Commercial Bank Board.