OXFAM airlifts 100,000 Pounds WASH items to fight Ebola


NOVEMBER 21, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

British aid agency OXFAM has airlifted more than 100,000 pounds worth of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) items on a special chartered flight, to step up efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

The WASH items include water pumps, water tanks, toilet related stuffs, water machines, and wash hand buckets, to be distributed to treatment centres in Koinadugu, Bombali, Port Loko, Western Urban and Rural Areas.

Speaking at Lungi International Airport when the equipment arrived, Media and Communication Officer, Alpha Kamara, said the assistance was an indication of OXFAM’s commitment to step-up their Ebola response in the country.

He said that one of OXFAM core intervention areas is to promote sanitation and hygiene in the country, adding that “We have our engineers that will construct taps and couple up  other sanitation facilities in different treatment centres in the country.”

He said the wash hand buckets will be installed in different communities in the country to encourage hand washing among members of the public.

Kamara also said that they have assisted government in providing water and sanitation in treatment centres, as well as provide advocacy support at quarantined homes.

 “We have been supporting quarantine homes in Leicester Road, Goderich, Aberdeen, Government Wharf, and we have been promoting public health for people to stay away from the Ebola,” he said.

OXFAM has constructed toilets and boreholes in communities across the country, as well as trained community health worker and volunteers, both prior to and during the Ebola epidemic.