SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
As the fight against the deadly Ebola virus intensifies, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) yesterday received medical accessories worth five thousand Euros from the WAMA GRISO Development Project.
According to GRISO’s Director, John M. Sesay, the donation was inspired by the clarion call of President Ernest Bai Koroma for organizations and individuals to support the government and partners in the fight against the disease.
“As a Sierra Leonean, I want to be part of the fight and at the same time support the government and people of Sierra Leone. Ebola is killing our people and as such we must join the government in fighting this virus,” Sesay said and disclosed that the donation was made possible through his wife who resides in Germany, who saw the need to support the fight.
He stated that WAMA GRISO is a charitable community project that came into existence in 2009, having being registered in both Sierra Leone and Germany.
Mr. Sesay explained that the goal of the organization is to educate children in Sierra Leone with material and ideal help, and also to provide medical help to the families. This, he said, has been possible through the construction of schools and healthcare centers.
“The items donated, which included 100 pieces coverall, 560 pieces of respiratory half mask, 70 pieces of goggles, 100 pieces of protective gloves, 4,000 pieces of examination gloves and 150 protective gowns, will go a long way in the fight against this dreadful disease. The fight against Ebola will not be won by a single person or organization,” he stated.
Receiving the items on behalf of the EOC, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo, thanked WAMA GRISO for the generous support, noting that every donation is important towards the fight against the disease.
He assured that the items donated will be used for their intended purpose and stressed that the fight against the dreadful disease should not be left in the hands of the government alone.
“We are in this fight together and we all must put hands on deck in defeating this common enemy. The accessories donated are the things needed most in various hospitals and centers and the more we have them, the more we will be able to take on this fight. Our nurses and other medical personnel have contracted the disease as a result of inadequate equipment,” he said.