Kenema landlords discriminate against nurses


SEPTEMBER 11,2014 By Victoria Saffa

Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah
Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah

Resident Minister East, Maya Kaikai, has claimed that some house owners in the Eastern provincial headquarter town of Kenema are asking Ebola frontline nurses to quit their houses.

Speaking during the presentation of assorted items donated by the Office of the First Lady for Ebola victims in the region, Mr. Kaikai condemned “unpatriotic landlords” whom he said are unwilling to support the government in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

The government has struggled to contain the virus as more than a thousand have contracted the virus, while more than 400 have died, including scores of nurses and doctors.

He said the provincial administration had received several complaints from the affected nurses about the treatment they face from their landlords.

He showered encomiums on health workers who have sacrificed their lives in order that others would survive the deadly virus.

He thanked the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, for providing hundreds of bags of rice and medical equipment to victims, adding that the donated items were highly needed because most of the houses in the district have been quarantined.

The district has been under a lockdown since 7 August.

While handing over the donated items on behalf of the First Lady, Administrative Officer in the Office of the First Lady, Sheku Nuni, stated that the office is working assiduously in the fight against the Ebola outbreak, noting that the disease is spreading exponentially in the country and has caused serious panic among Sierra Leoneans.

“We are going to work very hard in helping the government to eradicate the virus out of the country, and we are also going to donate food items and medical equipment to Kailahun and Kono [districts],” he said.