HEAL Sierra Leone a civil society non-governmental organization in collaboration with KPMG yesterday joined in the fight against the dreadful Ebola by training them on the disease and giving the bucket, megaphones, chlorine and soap for persons with disability.
In giving an overview and objective of the program, Joseph Sannoh, Executive Director of HEAL Salone said that they are in collaboration with KPMG to take the message of Ebola to communities of persons with disability.
He said that during the eighties, lasser fever was rampant in the country and so many people died of it and they were mostly disabled and less-privileged people.
He maintained that after which, cholera broke out in the country and the disabled suffered a lot, as they found themselves in less privileged communities and now we are experiencing Ebola outbreak in the country, and most of the disabled people are vulnerable to the virus, as they cannot do anything without the help of someone. Therefore they are at risk.
He added that they want to involve the disabled in the dissemination of the message and train community and regional task force people in the different communities.
The Senior Managing Partner KPMG, Vidal Decker, in his statement said that KPMG is one of the largest institutions in the world and they offer audit and tax services.
He said that they are concerned about the welfare of their people in the different countries that they operate.
He added that when they were approached by HEAL Salone, they did not hesitate to help them as since the outbreak, no one has involved persons with disability.
He also said that they have bought some materials for them to use and hoped that the materials will be used for its intended purpose.
He also added that KPMG always stands for a difference and that is one of their values, he said that the government has done a lot towards the eradication of the disease.
He cautioned them on the use of chlorine but said that washing hands with soap and water is good.
In her keynote address, the Minister of state in the office of the Vice President, Madame Harriett Turay, said that everybody should now be aware of the dreadful disease and all must stop the denial, as there are evidence of so many people, including doctors and nurses who have died of the disease. She admonished all to take all precautionary measures and should abstain from touching, shaking hands practice personal hygiene at all times in order for the disease to be contained.
The program was chaired by the deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs.
By Nancy Koroma
Wednesday September 03, 2014