Medical Research Centre (MRC) in collaboration with Direct Relief USA, on Thursday 11th September donated medical relief supply and protective gears worth thirty Seven thousand USD ($37,000) to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and 34 Military Hospital at Wilberforce in Freetown.
According to a support staff of Medical Relief Centre (MRC), Bockarie Med Conteh said the donation is in line with the Emergency Ebola Response in Sierra Leone, as the country is in dire need of medical assistance to help combat the Ebola virus.
He stated that the outbreak of the Ebola virus has devastated the country’s economy and has posed a serious threat against the cultural heritage of the people and therefore he continued, it is time for all stakeholders involved in the fight against Ebola to enforce rapid measures and strengthen the medical sector to enhance better response towards Ebola.
Med Conteh said due to the circumstances and nature of the Virus, Direct Relief and MRC decided to gather funds around and provide medical supplies, as part of their own contribution towards Ebola and its eradication. Noting that, the most devastating aspect of the outbreak is the death of medical personnel who are the frontline workers as there is inadequate availability of protective gears. The medical supplies include 20 goggles, 28,000 gowns, 18,000 masks, 79,560 exams gloves, 2,400,000 shoe-covers and 4,200,000 surgical Gloves.
Conteh further mentioned that these medical relief supplies are geared towards complimenting Government’s efforts by providing enough medical kits to health workers to protect their lives in the course of duty and to boost their moral.
Explaining about the mandates of Direct Relief and Medical Research Centre, Conteh said Direct Relief is a non-Governmental Organization based in USA that provides medical assistance to people around the world, who have been affected by poverty, natural disaster and civil unrest.
While on the other hand, he added, Medical Research Centre is a National Non-Governmental Organization that has been contributing immensely in the provision of healthcare service delivery and operational research to improve the health status of the country.
MRC pledged its continuous support to the Government in providing healthcare services as their Country Director is in the USA discussing with Direct Relief, the possibility to air freight more medical supplies to Sierra Leone.
At the 34 Military Hospital, Colonel Dr Foday Sahr Commanding Officer Joint Medical Unit and Colonel Mohamed Oronto Mansaray Commander 3 Infantry Brigade, commended MRC and Direct Relief for their donation, describing the gesture as timely. The Commanding Officer assured MRC that the medical supplies will be utilised judiciously for the intended purpose, as this will greatly help towards eradicating the disease and help protect health workers at this crucial period.
On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr Sarian Kamara and Deputy Director of Medical Supplies Michael Jack Lansana, also commended MRC and Direct Relief for their kind gesture, stating that the Ministry is working effectively and relentlessly to put an end to the Ebola virus but however called on NGOs to help the Government by providing the necessary assistance to the people.
They assured MRC that the medical supplies will be distributed accordingly and that their area of operations will be considered.
They noted that Government in its efforts are working really hard to improve on the medical sector, as there are plans to build more medical centres throughout the country.
By Mariam Bah
Monday September 15, 2014