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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

SLTU aids gov’t in Ebola fight

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

President of the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU) has, on behalf of his membership, presented a cheque of twenty-five million Leones (Le25m) to President Ernest Bai Koroma as their own contribution towards the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

In his statement at State House, Mohamed S. Bangura told the President that his union is consciously following the current Ebola debacle in the country with grave concern. The disease has so far claimed the lives of over two hundred and fifty (250) people across the country.

“Since the outbreak, the dreadful Ebola disease has taken a heavy toll on the lives of our people, including teachers. SLTU extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved families of all those who have succumbed to the scourge,” he said and pledged his union’s unflinching support in ensuring the eradication of the disease.

Mr. Bangura maintained that the SLTU is one of the first institutions that started public education on a massive scale with regards the Ebola fight, citing the series of radio discussion programmes and press releases that were published in the newspapers and broadcast in the electronic media.

He opined that the union’s position in the fight has been: ‘Ebola is a killer disease that has no respect for age and status, and is non-political and non-religious and can kill about 90% of people that come in contact with it’.

“Ebola is described as the world’s deadliest disease. It is a virus that attaches in the blood system of an infected person and makes victims bleed from almost anywhere on their body. Ebola is highly contagious and can be transmitted via contact with bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, saliva, semen or other bodily discharges,” he explained.

The SLTU prexy ended up by stating that Ebola is an international as well as national threat to human race, and fighting it involves the concerted effort of all and sundry.

Receiving the cheque, President Koroma thanked the union for such humanitarian gesture and acknowledged their participation in the fight against the outbreak, which is threatening the human dignities of Sierra Leoneans.

He promised to use the structures and personnel of the union to effectively fight and eradicate the disease.

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