Member of Parliament for Constituency 95, Honourable Kemokoh Conteh has yesterday donated food items to 25 households that are presently being quarantined at Waterloo in the Monkey Bush community.
Hon. Conteh said that this is the first time since the homes were quarantined that he was donating food items to the occupants. The donated items he said disclosed include sardines, bags of rice, water and oil. He said the gesture is part of the Constituency Development Fund disbursed to Parliamentarians to provide leadership in their constituencies in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
While donating the items, MP Kemokeh Conteh described the Ebola outbreak as “a national disaster” that has become “a national concern” to every citizen. He said the virus is no respecter of persons and has no regard for tribe, political party or status. He assured the beneficiaries that they will not be left alone in their “unfortunate predicament” and that he will be visiting them from time to time.
He warned against stigmatization of quarantined people, noting that what had befallen them is not of their making and that no one will wish to contract such a deadly virus. He called on the people to support the people in the quarantined houses through words of encouragement and show of compassion rather than discriminating against for them for they had not deliberately sought for themselves. He lauded the efforts of health workers and security personnel for what he said are “their selfless sacrifices” to restore the health of their compatriots against such a killer viral disease.
In his statement the Councilor for Ward 337, thanked the MP for his kind gesture and for thinking of his people in their times of dire need. He encouraged the people to accept the food items in good faith and called on other residents to copy the Parliamentarian’s example.
The Councilor disclosed that someone had earlier died in one of the houses leaving three children behind but that the cause of death is yet to be established. He said the blood sample of the deceased has been sent for testing and that they are awaiting its result. While consoling family members of the deceased, he called on them not to neglect the orphaned children and assured of help in the aftermath of the Ebola menace in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the quarantined homes, Mohamed S. Kamara thanked Hon. Conteh for his kind gesture and his consideration for his people in their time of need. He stated that the items have come at a time when they were in dire need of them and prayed for the elimination of the virus and disease in the country and the West Africa region.
By Nancy Koroma
Thursday September 11, 2014