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UNFPA donates to George Brook Health Centre

By Regina Pratt

George Brook Health Centre, one of few health centres serving central and western Freetown in free healthcare delivery service, on 8 April 2014 received a 36kva generator and two fridges from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) through the Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma.

UNFPA country representative, Dr. Barnnet Ndyanabangi, said the donation was made possible through a request made to the wife of the UN Secretary-General, Mrs. Ban Ki Moon and First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, by Member of Parliament representing constituency 109, Hon. Amadu Fofanah and Councilor Sheku Lamin Dumbuya of Ward 384.

He said UNFPA supported the Office of the First Lady to fulfill their promise by making the donation, and urged the hospital’s management ensure the items were kept in good working order, while he pledged continued support to the center.

UNIPSL Head of Administration, Nester Oduga Jalomuyo, said the donation manifested commitment by UN agencies to improve the healthcare system in the country.

“Everybody is happy with what Sierra Leone is doing in terms of healthcare delivery,” he said.

Director of Primary Healthcare, Dr. Momodu  Sesay, thanked the First Lady and UNFPA for the donation and the generator would ease the problem of energy constrain at the centre, and thanked UNFPA for supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the implementation of the free healthcare initiative.

First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma thanked stakeholders and the UN family, especially UNFPA and UNIPSL, adding that the promise has been fulfilled and that candle light will no more be used during deliveries at the centre.

Mass Ebola sensitisation in Tonkolili district

By Regina Pratt

Tonkolili district has embarked on mass sensitisation campaign on the deadly Ebola virus which is threatening the sub-region, according to District Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Osio Kamara, during the commissioning of the Fistula Hostel in Magburaka.

He said a task force has been set in the district to sensitise residents about the dangers of the disease, adding that flyers and other IEC materials have been produced as part of the public health education drive in the district.

He revealed two isolated cases were reported in Massanga village, but blood specimen sent to Kenema for test proved negative, although the victims were buried in the forest.

“We identified all the contacts and they also tested negative,” he said.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sarian Kamara said Ebola has no cure and is transmitted from some bush animals to humans, thus cautioning that dead animals are dangerous to eat.

She advised that people should stop eating mango fruits which fall from trees as it might have been eaten by bats, and appealed to chiefs and local authorities to help sensitise their subjects on the danger of Ebola.

Dr. Kamara further disclosed that training of health personnel has commenced and that the ministry now issues forms to people travelling in and out of the country.