The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma has called on the International community, World Bank and Donors to hasten in their help to eradicate Ebola disease, as the country is in dire need of medical assistance.
The First Lady made this statement during a consultative meeting held at State Lodge Hill Station, as prominent dignitaries, diplomats and stakeholders discussed measures relating to the Ebola virus and to see how best they can mobilize funds and medical facilities to help Ebola victims and minimize the spread.
She described the virus as deadly and contagious, as it can be transmitted through body contact with blood, secretion, organs and other bodily fluids of infected animals like Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Fruits, Bats, Monkeys, forest Antelope among many others.
She also noted that the virus can be contacted from survivors of the disease, as they can transmit the disease through their semen for up to seven (7) weeks after recovery from the illness.
In a devastating and frustrated mood, Madam Koroma said Sierra Leone is in a fragile state, as there are not enough medical and trained health personnel in relation to the Ebola virus and therefore urged the International community to contribute to the medical sector and to provide funds to help boost the fight.
The Nigerian High Commissioner, Gladys Modupeola Aquist-Adebiyi said her Government is committed to the fight against Ebola, as they have donated 500,000 (Five hundred thousand) USS dollars to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.
The High Commissioner noted that Ebola is deadly and can kill anyone and it has no boundary therefore “we should put heads together as African nations to eradicate this virus, as it has a negative impact on our social and economic development”.
Representatives of the Chinese embassy also made their commitment in the fight to stop the widespread of the virus, as there are plans to bring medical personnel into the country and have donated 170,000 USD.
Commitment was also made from representatives of UN women, Save the Children Sierra Leone, UNICEF, and CSOs.
By Mariam Bah
Tuesday August 12, 2014