JANUARY 7, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) has donated food items worth twenty-five thousand dollars to quarantined homes in Waterloo in the Western Rural District.
The donation was done before Christmas celebration on the theme: ‘Help change behaviour patterns for a zero new infection’.
Making a statement during the donation, CGG Director of Programmes, Marcella Samba Sesay, stated their organization decided to help the government in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus to achieve zero Ebola infection.
She said the campaign is broader as they are putting more effort in surveillance and providing support to quarantined homes, which according to her, is a starting point to stemming the spread of the disease as with enough foodstuff people would be restrained to go out to look for food.
Madam Sesay further stated that the country is battling with an unknown enemy that has destroyed the lives of many Sierra Leoneans, adding that the food items would help sustain quarantined inmates.
“We have been talking and donating food items to quarantined people in Port Loko and Bombali districts, which are Ebola hotspot areas, to show that the disease will stop if they stop the transmission and use the right Ebola prevention,” she said.
She said the Ebola outbreak has severely affected the country’s economy, while development has slowed down.
While receiving the items, Chairman, Western Rural District Council, Alhassan Cole, thanked CGG for their meaningful contribution towards the fight against the Ebola virus, noting that the government was determined to eradicate the disease.
He said the Western Rural District has some of the highest Ebola hotspots in the country, and promised the items would be distributed to the rightful beneficiaries.
“We have a number of quarantined homes and we will continue to take the challenge in supplying food items to the rightful people,” he assured.
The donated items include jerry cans of oil, bags of rice, cartons of tomato paste, bags of sugar, milk, sardine, packets of water, and provisions for babies.