MOHS Empowered Health Workers, Youth Group and Associations in the fight against Ebola
Freetown, Jul. 9, 014 (SLENA) – As an emergency response in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the country, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has empowered Midwives, Nurses, Pharmacists, Community Health Officers, the Sierra Leone Health Services Workers Union, Artists, Youth Commission and the Marketing Women Association to the tune of Le.912, 122,000 for training, sensitization and awareness raising campaigns.
The allocation was distributed thus:- Market Women Association Le.40 million, National Youth Commission Le.300 million, Artist for Development Le.30 million, Health Services Workers Union Le.116, 702, 000, Community Health Officers Le.120 million, Pharmacists Le.75 million, West African College of Nursing, Sierra Leone Chapter Le.75, 820,000, Midwifery Association Le.54, 600,000, and the Sierra Leone Nurses Association Le.100 million.
Presenting the cheques, Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo described the Ebola as a deadly disease that knows no boundary, tribe, religion and parties.
She underscored the importance of the training, awareness and sensitization campaigns, and encouraged the beneficiaries to demonstrate patriotism and commitment in the discharge of their specific duties.
The Chief Nursing Officer, Matron Hossinatu Kanu and the Commissioner, National Youth Commission, commended the Health Ministry for the bold step to contain the spread of the Ebola viral disease, and promised to use the funds judiciously.
In another related development, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) donated a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment to the Ministry at a ceremony held in the Ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown.
Donating the items, the Chairperson, Environmental Protection Agency, Madam Jatou Jallow, commended the Health Ministry for the hard work in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease in the country.
She described the gesture as the beginning of a long journey, adding that more is expected to come in the fight against the disease.
Receiving the items, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo described the donation as an invaluable gesture and expressed gratitude to the Environmental Protection Agency for their contribution.
He called for collective efforts, adding that he is optimistic that the disease will be eradicated once and for all.
Dr. Kargbo assured EPA that the items would be used for the intended purpose and appealed for more support.
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