OCTOBER 8, 2014 By Mohamed Massaquoi
The newly formed network of professional women in Sierra Leone, Power Women 232, last Friday donated food items and logistics to health workers at the Newton Ebola holding centre, few kilometers away from Freetown.
The centre was established by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to take care of suspected Ebola patients while their blood samples are taken to various labs across the country to ascertain their status.
The donation by Power Women came as a great relief to health workers who openly stated that it is difficult for them to go to the market to purchase food items.
While donating the items, president of Power Women, Yeniva Sisay Sogbeh, said her organization has donated care packages to Ebola isolation wards at the Kenema Government Hospital, Connaught Hospital and St. John of God Catholic Hospital, Mabeseneh in Lunsar, and that they were at the Newton community to do the same.
She said that Power Women brings together professional women and entrepreneurs to promote career advancement and development in all fields through networking, leadership development, social events and community service.
“We launched a citizen’s response to Ebola in Sierra Leone titled ‘All Hands on Deck’ in August 2014. The Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) epidemic currently gripping our nation presents an opportunity for the Power Women 232 network to engage in meaningful community service. ‘All Hands on Deck’ is a drive asking ordinary citizens to contribute towards the fight against Ebola by donating items for care packages.
“We just wanted to pull our resources together and make donations to healthcare workers. We first of all partnered with Radio Democracy to help promote the concept; the responses from the people were very massive. This development inspired us to embark on more donations at various isolation centres across the country,” she said, adding that she was happy to donate cans of luncheon meat, bottles of juice, biscuits, among other items.