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Kambia gets new community care centre

DECEMBER 19, 2014  By Victoria Saffa

With support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers (SLSAV) has completed the construction of a standard Ebola Community Care Center in Madina, Tonko-Limba Chiefdom in the Kambia District.

The facility, which was constructed within 10 days, has an 8-bed capacity, equipped with the requisite instruments to care for Ebola patients in that part of the country.

SLSAV Executive Director, Alfred Alex Jatta Dumbuya, told Concord Times in an interview that his organization is complementing the effort of government and other partners to eradicating the Ebola virus.

According to him, prior to the commencement of construction work, a meeting was convened with key chiefdom authorities, including the constituency Member of Parliament, the Paramount Chief, Councilors, youth, women’s leader, and tribal authorities, to explain the rationale for the construction of the centre.

He disclosed that a total of sixty community members, including men and women, directly participated in the implementation of the project, especially in the areas of site leveling, digging of pits, fetching of water, spreading of granite rocks, carpentry and masonry, while local materials were bought in the district.

“We are happy that we have succeeded in constructing this community care center. We have been implementing water, sanitation and hygiene activities in Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Port Loko District before the spread of the Ebola. We have helped the chiefdom greatly since the start of the Ebola outbreak,” he said.

Mr. Dumbuya stated that they have also helped in constructing a community care center in Mayagba in the Bombali District, and provided personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Kaffu Bullom centre.

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