Through the Baptist Eye Hospital in Lunsar in the Port Loko District, Northern Sierra Leone, a United States based philanthropy, Project Cure has donated a forty-feet (40ft) container of assorted consignment of medical equipment worth two billion, two hundred and twenty-five million Leones (Le.2, 225,000.00) as their own effort in supporting the Government and people of Sierra Leone in the fight to eradicate the Ebola scourge that has now lived with us for nine months.
The Medical Director Baptist Eye Hospital, Dr. John Mattia distributing the equipment past weekend to about 14 Public Health facilities in the Marampa Chiefdom and other selected areas in Port Loko underscored the need for such assistance in the fight considering that the disease is stubbornly prevalent in the district. He appreciated the effort of Project Cure, saying it is a move in the right direction.
Dr. John Mattia said that since September 2014, his institution has been involved in extensive social mobilization activities in their locality in complementing the efforts of government to contain the disease.
Dr. John Mattia also used the forum to appeal to Government of Sierra Leone to resume the issue of giving subvention to the Baptist Eye Hospital in Lunsar.
In his contribution at the ceremony, the General Secretary for the Baptist Convention-Sierra Leone, Rev. Mohamed Mansaray while thanking Project Cure reiterated that as a nation, we must act collectively to eradicate Ebola from the country.
He said the humanitarian gesture by the Charity was timely in the Ebola fight.
Giving a brief history of their operations in Sierra Leone, Rev. Mansaray said Baptist Convention has been in the country since 1974 engaging in great deal of activities to contribute to the progress of the nation.
Rev. Mohamed Mansaray noted that this is the first time Sierra Leone is experiencing Ebola and that he commended the effort of the Government for taking robust measures to contain the spread of the virus. He therefore called on Sierra Leoneans to adhere to the medical advises.
A representative for the Paramount Chief in Lunsar Alfred A. Kamara expressed satisfaction to both local and International organizations for donating consignments of Personal Projective Equipments and consumables to support the government in the fight to kick Ebola out of the country. He said Baptist Convention Sierra Leone is a household name in that part of the country for their positive intervention in times of need.
As the records of reported cases are gradually decreasing in the country, Mr. Kamara took the opportunity to encourage every Sierra Leonean to be more vigilant and meticulous so as to end Ebola in the country. He ended by pleading to community people to support the chiefs to ensure that the bye laws were respected in their different Chiefdoms.
Associate Ophthalmologist with the UMC Eye Hospital in Freetown who also graced the occasion, Dr. Lowell Gess said Ebola has inflicted serious setback on the country and the health sector as out of the 135 qualified doctors in Sierra Leone, 12 have already succumbed to the dreaded disease.
He explained how difficult it is to train doctors to become professionals so their untimely demise is a heavy loss to the people of this country.
He extended sympathy to Government and the people for the big loss and setback to Sierra Leone’s economy and education as all social activities and schooling have come to a halt because of the Ebola crisis.
He also appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to support the government to end Ebola in the country.
Other Speakers also made meaningful contributions as the ceremony climaxed in the distributions of the items. The 14 facilities that benefited from the donation included the General Hospital, the Saint John of God Catholic hospital (Mabesseneh) and the Ebola Treatment Center in Lunsar.
In similar engagement, the general Secretary Baptist Convention also witnessed the distribution of food items bought with funds donated by the Dutch Baptist Union through the European Baptist Mission International. Among beneficiaries of the food items were the Lincoln Ebola Treatment Unit in Lunsar, Magbenteh Ebola Treatment Unit in Makeni and Hasting PTS 2 Ebola Treatment Unit. Some quarantined homes in Makeni and Freetown also benefitted.
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