Health Ministry receives more items for Ebola fight


February 17, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

In a bid to help the government and its partners contain the deadly Ebola virus disease, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation yesterday received a 20ft container of medical items worth millions of Leones from the Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group in Australia (SEAGA).

The items donated include boxes of Mediflex industries surgeon ultra latex gloves; medical gowns; face masks; intravenous giving sets; sleeping mats; bags of tropical weight blankets and surgical drapes, among others.

Handing over the items on behalf of SEAGA, Emily Lyons commended the government and its partners for spearheading the fight, and health workers for saving the lives of thousands of Sierra Leoneans.

She said the medical items were put together by patriots of Sierra Leone who are currently residing in Australia and their Aussie colleagues after mobilizing to garner funds and support the health sector to end the Ebola scourge.

“This is our own contribution towards the Ebola fight. We recently sent a 40ft container of medical items to the Health Ministry. Let me thank health workers who are working hard to save lives and end the scourge,” said Lyons.

Receiving the items, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Foday Lahai Sawi, on behalf of the government thanked the donors, describing the items as very important as the cases of Ebola continue to slow down.

“This is wonderful from our brothers and sisters in Australia for which we are very grateful. We are appealing for more support because we are yet to finish the fight. We still have few cases that are coming in on a daily basis,” Sawi said and assured that the items donated would be monitored from distribution to utilization by the intended beneficiaries.