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NRA supports families of fallen health workers

March 6, 2015  By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

In a bid to give hope to families of health workers killed by the deadly Ebola virus disease while saving lives, the National Revenue Authority (NRA) yesterday presented a cheque of Le100 million to the Ebola Health Workers Family Victim Trust Fund.

The authority launched a special trust fund on 2 September, 2014 for families of health workers who succumbed to the Ebola virus, with an initial deposit of Le300 million.

Speaking during the presentation, NRA Commissioner-General, Haja Kallah Kamara, recalled six months ago when they joined hands with the executive arm of government to fight the deadly Ebola virus in the country, noting that in recent past the revenue authority has provided support to the disabled, amputees and their adopted village – Gbomsamba in the Port Loko district.

She said they have conducted several sensitisation activities on the disease and also donated Ebola related materials to the National Ebola Response Centre.

“Everybody in the country has one way or the other suffered from the Ebola outbreak, but our health workers have suffered the most because they are at the frontline of the fight. We decided to setup the trust fund to give support to their families,” she revealed.

According to her, the authority’s mandate is to generate revenue for the country, a key to the sustenance of the nation, and called on individuals, local and international organisations to donate to the fund.

While receiving the cheque, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sarian Kamara, applauded the NRA for “a laudable initiative to help families of health workers who died while saving lives of Ebola victims”.

She maintained that the Ebola outbreak has affected every nook and cranny of the country with no fewer than 3,000 deaths recorded, including some 200 health workers.

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