DECEMBER 16, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
United States Sierra Leonean Association (USSLA) Saturday (13 December) handed over food items worth millions of Leones to staff of the 34 Military Hospital for Ebola patients being treated at the facility.
The items donated include twenty (20) bags of rice, five (5) bags each of sugar, onions and salt as well as gallons of oil and one box of magi.
While presenting the items on behalf of USSLA, Kadiatu W. Barrie thanked staff at the Ebola treatment center of the hospital for caring for patients afflicted by the disease and asked for God’s intervention to save the country from the dreaded epidemic.
She explained that following the commencement of the outbreak in May, membership of USSLA realized that something had to be done in helping those directly affected by the disease, and that a committee was set up to organize and immediately kick-start a fund raising campaign and to research and better understand the virus.
“The membership of the organization is deeply sorry and disturbed by what is happening in Sierra Leone. USSLA is donating these food items to register our solidarity to end this menace in our country. We know it is small but we hope it can help boost the immune system of those infected,” she said and expressed hope that the items would be used for the intended purpose.
Madam Barrie assured staff of the treatment center that the donation was the beginning of several to come and called on them to continue doing their best in taking care of Ebola patients.
Receiving the gesture, matron of 34 Military Hospital, Lieutenant Colonel Annie Paris, thanked USSLA for their support and stated that she was impressed by their choice of items.
“The food items you decided to give us are very important component in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. We really appreciate this gesture and we want to thank you for the support. The items donated will be used judiciously,” she assured.
Lt. Col. Paris revealed that they currently have a total of thirty-three (33) patients in their facility, with nine (9) and twenty-four (24) in the holding and treatment centers respectively, adding: “Out of this number, we have 10 patients in the recovery room.