Australia-based Sierra Leoneans donate Ebola aid


February 5, 2015 By Isata Janneh

Dr. Abu bakar Fofanah - Minister of Health and Sanitation
Dr. Abu bakar Fofanah – Minister of Health and Sanitation

The Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group in Australia (SEAGA) Wednesday (4 February) delivered a 40ft container of surgical medical items worth millions of Leones to officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the National Ebola Response Center (NERC).

The items donated include 27 boxes of Mediflex industries surgeon ultra latex gloves; 89 boxes of medical gowns; 18 boxes of medical masks; 10 boxes of 1000 units Qantas disposable bin bags; 16 boxes of sentry chemically protective gowns; 108 boxes of lined paper bags; 110 units of two square meter umbrellas; 219 hair traction splints; 500 intravenous giving sets; sleeping mats; 88 bags of tropical weight blankets; and 173 surgical drips, among others.

While handing over the donation, Alusine Tholley said the medical items were put together by Sierra Leonean patriots currently resident in Australia who had been mobilised to donate funds in order to support the health sector end the Ebola scourge.

“We saw the need to collectively join the fight in eradicating the Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of many Sierra Leoneans. SEAGA is being headed by Sierra Leonean-Australian community leader, Anusuma Usman Koroma,” Tholley said and expressed hope that the items would be used for the intended purpose.

Also, Special Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs, Nurudeen Sankoh Yilla, expressed government’s delight for what he described as “huge support” towards the Ebola fight.

“The donation is a manifestation of their love for Sierra Leone and its people. President Ernest Bai Koroma has on several occasions called on all Sierra Leoneans to join him in eradicating the Ebola virus and therefore I am not surprised with such mammoth donation,” Yilla said.

Receiving the items, Dr. Sheku Kamara stated that the crisis of this nature is not only meant for the government alone, but well-meaning Sierra Leoneans as well, and called for more support from Sierra Leoneans abroad.

According to him, the Ebola outbreak would soon be a thing of the past as cases of new infections have dropped significantly in recent weeks.