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Sierra Leoneans in Italy support fight to end Ebla

- donate ambulances & medical items

February 2, 2015  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

A group of Sierra Leoneans resident in Milan, Italy and their Italian counterparts Friday (30 January 30) handed over two ambulances worth 18,000 euros and medical items to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to aid the Ebola fight.

The medical items donated include 940 pairs of rain boot, 120 boxes of soap, 32 boxes of gloves, 10 boxes of assorted medical units, hospital beds, wheelchairs and sanitizers.

Handing over the items on behalf of the group, Davidson Kuyateh commended the government and its partners for their immense effort in the Ebola fight.

He said the donation was a result of the president’s call on Sierra Leoneans to contribute to the fight and urged the ministry to distribute the items to Ebola affected areas.

“We want to express our appreciation to President Ernest Bai Koroma for standing tall in the fight against our greatest enemy. Sierra Leoneans in Milan are with you to conquer the battle,” he said and noted that in a bid to sustain the ambulances they are requesting that the ministry inform them in an event of serious mechanical breakdown so that spare parts would be provided.

Receiving the items, Counterpart Managing Director of the National Pharmaceutical Procurement Unit (NPPU) in the Ministry of Health, Jack Lansana, thanked the donors and assured that the items would be used for the intended purpose.

Also speaking, Director of the Office of Diaspora Affairs, Kallay Musa Conteh, said the president appreciated the support from Sierra Leoneans in Italy and urged them to do more to end the Ebola scourge.

“I want to thank our people in Italy for this, but of course it is their responsibility to help. More support will be coming from our brothers and sisters overseas,” he said and added that they have a mandate of ensuring that Sierra Leoneans living abroad support the country’s development.

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