April 23, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
As part of celebrations to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Kenema Government Secondary School, the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA) will on Saturday, 25 April unveil a monument constructed in honour of health practitioners who died while saving the lives of fellow Sierra Leoneans at the Kenema government hospital during the Ebola outbreak.
Kenema government hospital served as the first Ebola centre in the entire country, and patients and blood samples of suspected Ebola cases were being transferred to the centre for medical examination.
Consequently, over 30 health personnel, including Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, an arrowhead in the Ebola fight, died few months into the worst Ebola outbreak in the world.
KOSA members have resolved to commemorate the death of those heroes and heroines during the school’s anniversary celebrations this year.
“It is going to be very solemn celebrations. We are happy that the hospital management has provided a space to construct the monument for those medical personnel,” Ibrahim Jawara, KOSA Social Secretary said, adding that there would be both Christian and Muslim prayers for the victims. “We want to express our condolences to the bereaved families and to tell them that KOSA is always with them.”
Jawara said the school was founded in 1952 as a school for the education of children within that community (Eastern Region) in particular and Sierra Leone at large.
According to Bockarie Ensah, National Secretary-General of KOSA, this year’s celebrations would not be as usual.
He said the occasion, which has in previous years attracted huge gathering of KOSA members within and without Sierra Leone, would again attract more eminent personalities from all walks of life.
“The celebrations will further afford the rest of the members to explore possibilities for the development of the school,” he concluded.