Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Rutile Limited John Bonoh Sisay has called on Sierra Leoneans to be very serious about the Ebola virus and to take all necessary precautions so that it can be eradicated in the society.
During a telephone interview last weekend, Sisay said Ebola is real and Sierra Leoneans should not joke with it, as it is a killer disease that will destroy the country’s economy.
He said he knows about it when he was working in Central and East Africa.
The CEO said in Sierra Rutile, the health and safety department has been doing all they can to educated and prevent the disease affecting anyone within the company. “We have also met some Paramount Chiefs and elders from the chiefdoms we are operating and we have made some donations and given them advice as well as education on fighting this virus”.
Sisay called on Sierra Leoneans to stop pretending that this virus does not exist and start preventing themselves from being contacted by it.
He said if every Sierra Leonean adhere to the education and prevention, this virus will soon be eradicated in the country. He said family members should not conceal information of anyone they suspect with the symptoms but rather take them to hospital for checks, so they can clear the person or have him or her quarantined while going through treatment.
The CEO averred that if we continue to spread wrong information and hiding suspects, then we are going to damage the country’s economy because if the Airlines start folding up, then the mining companies too will have no alternative but to do the same, as well as others and that will bring the country to a standstill.
He admonished all to be alert and listen to the messages, follow the principles of protection and then we will soon have a better and safe Sierra Leone once again.
Sisay said his company will not relent but will continue to work with the chiefdom elders around their mining sites and will also work with the government to eradicate the virus in the country.
He paid tribute to all the health workers who lost their lives especially Dr Omar Khan and said their determination to fight this virus will not go in vain.
By Austin Thomas
Tuesday August 05, 2014