OCTOBER 10, 2014 By Isatu Sesay
First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, has received a major boost in the fight against the dreaded Ebola disease in the country. The donation of thermometers and other equipment by the Inanna Women’s Empowerment Foundation, is geared toward complementing government’s efforts in the fight against the epidemic.
The equipment, which include 200 infrared thermometers and additional gears used on the high seas, were presented to the First Lady at her Hill Station residence in the west of Freetown.
Alhaji Sallieu Mansaray and Madam Mariam Sheriff, on behalf of the Inanna Women’s Empowerment Foundation, made the presentation to the First Lady.
Mr. Mansaray disclosed that the Foundation, based in Nigeria with its United States counterparts, is a non-profit non-governmental organization established to identify the needs and challenges of women and children in Africa.
He informed the First Lady that the initiator of the donation, Mr. Osita Iroku, was emotionally touched by the impact of the Ebola outbreak in the country, stating their intention to build an orphanage home for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.
“Mr. Iroku was impressed with government’s efforts and that of the First Lady, which has left the organization with no alternative but to make meaningful contribution in containing the spread of the disease by providing thermometers to assist aid workers and civil servants to enable them easily detect early signs of the infection,” he said.
Receiving the items, Mrs. Koroma thanked the Foundation for their timely intervention. “This gesture has arrived at the appropriate time,” she stated and commended members of the organization for their positive response towards the fight against Ebola.
The people of Sierra Leone and the President, she went on, appreciate the equipment, stressing that the thermometers are of good quality as they change from Centigrade to Fahrenheit. She said the country is experiencing a sad era and it bleeds her heart as the disease has affected every sector of the economy across the country.
She prayed that the organization continues to grow and wished them well in all their endeavours.
The Ebola virus, the Foundation maintained, is the single most dangerous medical crisis in the history of mankind, given the aggressiveness with which it spreads, the absence of medicinal cure and the ease with which it can spread from one country to the other without detection in a single day.
The organization has also solicited additional support from the Department of Family Medicine, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, North Shore LIJ Health System – which is making a separate shipment of infrared thermometers to Sierra Leone, and the New York State Academy of Family Physicians who are raising funds through their Foundation for additional medical supplies and equipment to be shipped later this month.
The members thanked and appreciated the effort of Professor Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
“This gesture is just the beginning, you can count on us to continue to find ways to assist the government and the people of West Africa to survive and rehabilitate after the Ebola war is finished,” the Foundation told the First Lady.