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Street Child donates rice, Ebola kits to Social Welfare Ministry

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Minister Moijueh Kaikai
Minister Moijueh Kaikai

One of the leading child protection organizations in the country, Street Child of Sierra Leone, last Friday donated bags of rice, Ebola kits and thermometers to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus which continues to ravage the lives of Sierra Leoneans in almost every part of the country.

The items donated include 10 bags of rice, food condiments, sixty (60) buckets and thirty (30) containers of chlorine.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the organization’s Country Director, Emmanuel Kelfa Kargbo, stated that the donation was a ceremonial one as according to him, a total of 120 bags of rice, food condiments and hand-washing materials will be donated to some 100 families in Ebola affected and infected areas of Kenema, Lunsar and Bo.

He said Ebola is a killer disease that has no respect for age and status, and that it is a virus that attaches in the blood system of an infected person which causes bleeding from almost every opening in the body.

He stressed that Ebola is highly contagious and can be transmitted via contact with bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, salvia, semen or other bodily discharges.

“We have discovered as a child protection agency that there are lots of children across the country that are infected and affected by this outbreak. Some are currently in the epicentres of Kailahun and Kenema, while some are in the houses or townships that have been quarantined by government,” he said and added that the situation in those places reveal that children are in an appalling conditions thus the need for the donation.

Receiving the items, Minister of Social Welfare, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, commended Street Child for being one of the serious non-governmental organizations in the country that is extremely committed and supportive of the fight against the Ebola virus disease.

He promised to use the items for the intended purpose.

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