Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara has said that response of the international community towards the Ebola fight is encouraging as the entire world is now grappling with the virus that is moving beyond the West Africa sub region.
He made this comment at the Lungi Airport last weekend prior to his departure for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. He said at the beginning, the international community was slow in their response even when the President of the country, Ernest Bai Koroma was appealing to them.
“The first country that came to our aid was China sending protective gears late April. They did not stop, they were monitoring the system and they responded again on August 11th with a chartered flight of another supply costing $1.6 million. Today (Thursday 17th September) again we have seen what the Chinese have done again, sending two chartered flights with 59 medical personnel and a mobile laboratory.”
Dr. Samura Kamara said it was China’s early intervention that awakens other countries to come in to help us. This he said we all can see for ourselves that many countries are now coming to our aid.
He said he was pleased with President Obama’s speech calling for the UN Council to declare the Ebola as a threat to the world. “That call will definitely help us win the war against the Ebola virus because at the UN General Assembly this week there will be more ideas from other countries as to how to eliminate the virus,” Dr. Kamara stated.
He thanked the Cubans and the Russians for there declared interest to come and help Sierra Leone and her affected sister countries. He said Britain and USA have are always been with Sierra Leone in her trying times.
He also commended the various UN agencies for their relentless support, and expressed optimism that the Ebola virus will be eradicated sooner than later. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to adhere to the prevention methods to break the chain of transmission.
He said the international community should not relent in their efforts to find a cure to what he called, “this deadly disease” and predicted that the time has come for the final ending of an Ebola virus menace in the world. He said with medication and vaccines available, the Ebola virus will be defeated once and for all.
He commended President Obama for his passion to see that the ZMAPP vaccine is produced in large quantities to fight the Ebola virus and also called on the Chinese to do the same with the JK-05.
“Countries that have the upper-hand to produce Ebola treatment drugs should take the initiative to get these treatments ready so that the world can win the war against the Ebola virus,” he submitted.
Monday September 22, 2014