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Salone receives more goodies from Ghana

OCTOBER 23, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

In fulfillment of a promise made by Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama during a visit to Ebola hit Sierra Leone in September to donate 50 tonnes of relief items – comprising rice, cooking oil, cocoa products and milk – to Sierra Leone, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has handed over 850 bags of rice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for victims of the Ebola epidemic.

The donation on Tuesday (October 21) at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center brings the number to 1,000 as well as 100 cartons of milk, cocoa powder and vegetable oil already donated by Ghana.

In his statement at the donation ceremony, Rtd. Major-General Carl S. Modey expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in helping the government cater for admitted, discharged and quarantined persons since nutrition is very vital to the Ebola fight.

According to H.E. Modey, President Mahama delivered the first batch of the 150 tonnes of relief items to the Ebola hit countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea during his visit, and intimated that the remainder will arrive in due course.

“Though the disease is dreadful and appears to be exerting its toll on the nation, I believe it is surmountable,” said Mr. Modey. “Our collective efforts will help us to overcome it sooner than later. I look forward to the day that Sierra Leone will be declared Ebola free for the country to pick up its developmental efforts.”

The High Commissioner noted that as a demonstration of the people-to-people relations between the two countries, the Ghanaian community in Sierra Leone came together and contributed seventy million Leones (Le70 million) to the Ebola Emergency Fund.

Receiving the items, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 2, Madina Rahman, expressed the government’s appreciation to the Ghanaian President for his support and hoped that more help would come from their West Africa neighbours.

She intimated the Ghanaian diplomat that they have been using the cocoa powder, milk and cooking oil for patients in treatment centers, and assured that the rice will be distributed judiciously among the most vulnerable in the country.