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‘People should now be inquisitive and drive Ebola’


NOVEMBER 10, 2014  By Alusine Sesay

While receiving over US$150,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPEs) from the Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC) last weekend, Chief Executive Officer of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Retired Major Alfred Palo Conteh urged people to be engaging in neighbourhood watch and report any suspected illness to health officials in a bid to stem the wave of new Ebola infection in the country.

“This is time we should ‘kongosa’ (Krio word for gossip) to save the nation from doom. We have to be serious because these are serious times,” he said.

The erstwhile Defence Minister said the country is being faced with a difficult challenge and urged people to listen to the advice of health practitioners and prevent the spread of the Ebola disease.

“These are trying times for Sierra Leone and we should move away from our cultural practices ad save the nation,” he said.

He on behalf of government appreciated the SLBC for donating a 40ft container of PPEs, a priceless weapon in successfully defeating the dreaded virus.

Country Manager of SLBC, Israel T. Okajagu, reiterated that the country is grappling with a serious health challenge, and promised to fully work with the government to overcome it.

He said SLBC had donated severally to cushion local and internally efforts to defeat the epidemic, and disclosed that the consignment had originated from Wedshire, Atlanta, in the United States.

He said that despite the economic effect of the Ebola outbreak, the company still retains its staff on full monthly salary.

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