The only bauxite mining company in Sierra Leone, Sierra Mineral Holdings I Ltd, a subsidiary of Vimetco Company based in Russia, has donated the sum of US$30,000 to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Russia in response to the Ebola outbreak in the country.
This followed a letter of appeal by the Sierra Leone Embassy in Russia.
The Minister Counsellor Sierra Leone Embassy in Russia, Mr. John Borbor Laggah, said in view of the longstanding excellent bilateral and technical cooperation between the two countries especially in the medical sector, the Embassy thought it was apt to knock on their door to help financially and materially to stamp out the Ebola virus plaguing the country.
He noted that the government is currently in dire need of huge resources in terms of finance, medical equipment, personnel, drugs and logistical support.
Mr. Laggah said, from similar appeal to other bilateral and multilateral partners, the government has received assistance in the form of medical equipment and personnel. He said a National Medical Team for Ebola is currently in full operations in the country.
The Chairman Board of Directors Vimetco Company, Valrey N. Krasnov, expressed sympathy and pledged their support to the government and people of Sierra Leone in the fight against the Ebola virus.
On that note, the Head of Human Resource and Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Patricia Jangah said, “Sierra Mineral Holdings I Ltd is totally committed in fighting the Ebola virus and will offer assistance whenever needed”. She said since the news of suspected cases of Ebola broke out in March this year, SMHL has been engaged in sensitization in its mining communities in Moyamba.
Mrs. Jangah added that now that the Ebola virus is beginning to claim more lives with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation figures at 54 people dead, there needs to be more support and sensitization especially in rural communities. She said they have been distributing flyers and posters to educate communities on some preventive measures.