By Matthew Jabby
Outreach Coordinator in the Office of the Government Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, has said that government has instructed the Transport Minister, Leonard Balogun Koroma, to make available utility vehicles to help transport Ebola patients to treatment centres across the country.
Speaking at the weekly press briefing of the Ministry of Information and Communications last Thursday, Mr. Bayraytay said the rationale for the decision was as a result of the dearth of vehicles to convey Ebola victims to treatment centres in Kenema and Kailahun, the epicenters of the disease.
Two more treatment centres will be established in Kerry Town in the Western Area and between Port Loko and Lunsar for the North, President Ernest Bai Koroma told editors and station managers at State House last Tuesday.
The virus has spread to all but one district (Koinadugu) since the first case was confirmed in May, so far killing more than 200 people.
He said all the vehicles would be disinfected on a regular basis to ensure the virus does not infect other persons, adding that government has made arrangement for the procurement of new vehicles to transport Ebola victims.
He encouraged Sierra Leoneans to take the Ebola outbreak seriously, as government has allocated approximately US$13 million to help combat the spread of the virus.
“Government appreciates the efforts of various institutions, including non-governmental organizations and the international community, in their relentless support to containing the Ebola virus,” he said. “I’m delighted with the Chinese government for their support in fighting the Ebola virus in the country, and I implore other international partners to assist in the fight against this dreaded virus.”