World Vision USA on Cholera fight in Sierra Leone
In a bid to respond to the emergency call of the government of Sierra Leone over the cholera outbreak that has infected thousands and killed hundreds, World Vision United States of America has donated a consignment of cholera drugs to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. (Photo: Handing over of World Vision USA donated cholera drugs to Ministry of Health and Sanitation)
Handing over the donation to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the Government Medical Stores New England Ville in Freetown the World Vision Senior Director for West Africa who also doubles as the National Director Leslie Scott said the drugs should be used for its intended purpose.
He said the drugs were provided by World Vision USA and called on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to use the drugs for its intended purpose warning that world vision drugs are not for sale but to save lives.
He said the drugs were air freighted into the country at 3262kg and transported from Lungi airport to the government’s medical stores; the donated drugs included antibiotics, syringes, needles, plastic sheeting, among other medical drugs.
He commended the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for facilitating the duty weaver to ensure the speedy transportation of the drugs to the hospitals as far as Sittia Chiefdom in Bonthe Island where the cholera outbreak is reported to be on the increase.
Receiving the donation Dr, Amara Jambai Director of Disease Control expressed thanks and appreciation to World Vision for facilitating the timely donation, and assured that the donated items will be used judiciously.
He said the Ministry of Health and Sanitation is profoundly grateful to World Vision for their continued responds towards the fight against cholera that has killed many lives, stating that the infection rate is at 36 percent per 1,000.
Dr. Jambai explained that significant progress has been made on the fight against cholera but calls for sustained community resilience on environmental sanitation and public awareness on hygiene promotion.
Signing of the certificate of the donation by World vision Sierra Leone staff and the Ministry of Health officers climaxed the brief handing over ceremony.
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