OCTOBER 13, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura
Children of the Nations-Sierra Leone (COTN) is the latest Christian non-governmental organization to donate medicated protective gears to health workers battling with the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
Last Thursday, COTN presented Ebola prevention gears to the Serabu Catholic Hospital and the District Health Management Team in Moyamba, comprising Veronica buckets for 227 households in Ngolala and Mosenesie Junction in the Moyamba District, worth millions of Leones.
Also, the donation included Nasser spray, masks, hand gloves, eye protective glasses, surgical gowns, and infrared thermometers for children.
Director of COTN-SL, Sahr M. Yambasu, said their support was to complement the government’s effort to help wipe out the Ebola Virus Disease in that part of the country.
He said COTN-SL is a child focused organization with a vision to raise children who in turn would transform nations into developing states, and a mission to partner with individuals, groups, organizations, government ministries, departments and agencies to provide holistic Christ centred care for orphans and destitute children, to enable them create positive and lasting change in society.
Yambasu noted that COTN-SL provides most of the funds and resources to the Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA) ministry, through Sarah Armstrong, who always assists the ministry with school feeding, adding that the District Health Management Team in Moyamba provided a trained and qualified Community Health Assistant (CHA) and free healthcare drugs for their clinic and the Sera Catholic Community Hospital.
He maintained that the partnership with Children of the Nations-International and the community has been fantastic since they commenced operations.
He said COTN-SL is supporting 400 people to access quality education, medication and food items through the Village Partnership Programme.
In her statement, head nurse of COTN-SL in Serabu Hospital, Agnes Jombla, said the memorandum of understanding signed by all the partners would enable a cordial working relationship between them.
In his response, manager of the Serabu Catholic Community Hospital, James T. Lahai, thanked COTN-SL for supporting them with medical protective gears to eradicate the Ebola disease in the country and promised that they will be utilized for their purpose.
District Medical Officer of Moyamba, Dr. Denis Mark, commended COTN-SL for striving to strengthen the cordial relationship with his team. He concluded that the health ministry couldn’t fight the Ebola virus in isolation, but in collaboration with partners.