The Regional Coordinator for the Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah Movement (KKY-Movement), Haja Memunatu Maltina Koroma, on Wednesday 1st October 2014 donated 220 25-kg. bags of rice to the Kenema District Ebola Task Force Committee. The group also donated 220 bags of 25kg of rice to the Kailahun District Ebola Task Force Committee and 40 bags to their counterparts in Kono District.
Kenema and Kailahun Districts have the highest numbers of reported Ebola cases in the region.
According to its Facebook Page, the KKY-Movement is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States, and was established “for the sole purpose of drafting Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) to run for President of the Republic of Sierra Leone in 2017.”
former deputy minister of Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs (MSWGCA)
The rice was formally presented to the Resident Minister, East, at the Kenema District Ebola Task Force Meeting. Haja Koroma, who formerly served as Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, congratulated the Ebola Task Force for what she described as their relentless move in bringing the Ebola menace to an end in the region. She said this was evidenced by the statistics issued by the Ebola Management Centre suggestion that the infection in the infection rate had drastically decreased. She expressed the hope that it would continue in that direction.
Haja Koroma said that Kandeh Yumkellah is a Sierra Leonean citizen working at the UN, and that his contribution was made pursuant to the president’s call for partners, multinational corporations and individuals to join the fight against Ebola in the country.
She disclosed that the KKY-Movement made its first donation in July 2014, providing 40 25-kg. bags of rice to the government hospital in Kenema for the children of health workers who had lost their lives in the fight against Ebola. She described the current donation as a follow up of the previous donation, explaining that the KKY-Movement has sent 1,275 25-kg. bags of rice to be distributed to the 17 political districts of the country, five in the Western area and the twelve districts in the provinces.
She said the food for Kailahun and Kono Districts had been dispatched, and the shipment for Kailahun District had arrived in Kailahun town. She said those to benefit from the rice donations included persons under quarantine, staff of the treatment centre and hygiene section, the porters, the holding centre and screening centres, the burial team, including drivers, grave diggers, security staff, those who man the checkpoints, the media, the Inter-Religious Council, the paramount chief, and physically challenged persons.
The Resident Minister, East, Maya Moiwo Kaikai, thanked the KKY-Movement and team, and especially Dr. Yumkellah, for the donations, adding that it was is exactly what the President of Sierra Leone had asked all to do in terms of assistance. Kaikai said that any donation in any form was appreciated by the government and its people. He said that the leadership and the Task Force would ensure that the donations receive the intended beneficiaries.
He said that the Task Force had been working tirelessly to provide service during the crises, adding that the situation in Kenema District in terms of new Ebola infections was improving, but no one should relax their efforts in combating the Ebola virus. He called on everyone to show understanding about the measures the government had put in place to end the crisis and end the epidemic in the country.
The minister call on everyone to do everything possible to stop the chain of transmission, adding the disease is transmitted through body contact from persons moving from one place to another. He used the opportunity to thank the partners WHO, IRC, WHH, UNICEF, WFP, SECURITY and others who have been helping in one way or the other in the crisis, calling on them to continue their efforts.
He appealed to Dr. Yumkellah to continue his gesture, pointing out that the disease is still in the country.
By Saffa Moriba
Friday October 3, 2014