MRU Provides Le33 Million Support to MOHS Ebola Emergency Preparedness Response National Task Force
Freetown, April 1, 014 (SLENA) – The Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat has presented a cheque of Le33 Million Leones to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation National Task Force to support the fight against the Ebola killer disease.
Making the presentation at the National Task Force meeting held in the Ministry’s Conference Hall at Youyi Building in Freetown, the MRU Secretary General, Dr. Saran Daraba Kaba said the token of support came after their cross border disease surveillance discussion on the Ebola Fever threat.
She said plans are underway to include border units preparedness in the West African Health Organization (WAHO)’s Programme to help government improve conditions and welfare of health personnel in coping with some of the key challenges affecting border control.
The MRU she said is an intergovernmental institution engaged in development activities in the West African sub region. She reiterated her organization’s commitment and concern over the Ebola outbreak and the current threat in Guinea, Cote de Voire and Sierra Leone.
Dr. Daraba Kaba noted the strides Sierra Leone is making to avert the entry of the disease into its territory, adding that she is aware of the free movement of people and its impact on the prevailing situation in Sierra Leone and neighbouring Guinea and Liberia.
She expressed the need for an MRU Health Commission and reassured her audience of their support to the task within their mandate.
Responding, Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo lauded the MRU for their support to the country’s National Emergency Preparedness Response Task Force against the Ebola disease threat, pointing out that the MRU is the first to support the Ministry.
She told the visiting MRU Executive that as a country, government has prioritize the fight against the Ebola and currently working as a team with health development partners and NGOs in ensuring that the ultimate goal is achieved.
Presentations by various sub committees on Laboratory and Surveillance, Case Management, Case definition, Strengthening early detection and sustaining the momentum for six months, and other presentations Communication, Coordination, and countrywide education formed high point of the meeting.
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