NOVENBER 5, 2014 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Member of Parliament representing Constituency 097 has called on government to distribute ambulances to constituencies within the Freetown municipality as part of efforts to scale up response to eradicate the Ebola disease.
Hon. Ibrahim Nox Sankoh told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that government should deploy ambulances at each constituency in the Western Area to help reduce cases of corpses and sick persons waiting for days before they could be taken away.
“Calling on 117 for the urgent response to cases of Ebola causes several delays, but with the appropriate intervention of ambulances in each constituency it will put an end to the Ebola deadly virus,” said Hon. Sankoh.
When this reporter contacted the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Jonathan Abass Kamara, to react to the request by the lawmaker, he quipped that Members of Parliament and councillors are working in partnership with the District Health Management Team (DHMT) to ensure ambulances are dispatched to communities in need.
The government recently bought new ambulances to prop up emergency response mechanisms as medics and burial teams were overwhelmed by the scale of the outbreak. As scores of new cases and deaths are reported each day in the Western Urban and Rural Areas – part of the new epicentre of the disease, which account for 1,254 confirmed cases – calls have been made for more ambulances.