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Sierra Rutile donates Le 100 million and Chlorine to help fight against Ebola outbreak

Sierra Rutile donates Le 100 million and Chlorine to help fight against Ebola outbreak

In response to Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic, Sierra Rutile on Wednesday 30 July reinforced the efforts of Bonthe and Moyamba District Councils with a donation of Le 100 million to help them purchase vital medical supplies and equipment, and to support their work keeping the community informed about how the disease is spread and how to avoid contamination. Sierra Rutile also donated four barrels of chlorine, which is an effective disinfectant for use against Ebola contamination.

The Le 100 million donation was made by Sierra Rutile’s Acting Head of Operations, Desmond Williams, who said: “The communities in which we operate are our friends, neighbours, colleagues and relatives.  We recognise that Ebola presents a threat to them and to the country as a whole. It is everyone’s responsibility to work with each other and with the Government of Sierra Leone to tackle the spread of this disease. We hope this donation will help our neighbouring communities reinforce their work against the spread of Ebola.”

Receiving the money on behalf of District Councils was Rev. Anthony Pessima, Deputy Chairman of Moyamba District Council, who thanked Sierra Rutile for supporting the Bonthe and Moyamba communities saying: “Ebola is destroying the fabric of our societies, creating fear and mistrust among us. I know that our people will be appreciative of what you have done to boost our efforts in tackling this health crisis and I want to assure you that the money and chlorine you have donated will be used for the benefit of all living in the Moyamba and Bonthe Districts.”

Sierra Rutile has also been working with Paramount Chiefs and other Community leaders to help counter misunderstanding concerning the disease, and to provide local communities with relevant information from the Government and international health agencies on how Ebola is spread and how best to prevent transmission.

Speaking on behalf of the area’s Paramount Chiefs, John Jibao Russell-Nyaama II of Lower Banta Chiefdom said: “Sierra Rutile has been supportive of our work to keep our people informed about the Ebola Virus and what they should do to prevent infection. We fully support this move by Sierra Rutile and on behalf of my colleague Paramount Chiefs, I assure them of our fullest support to ensure that we succeed in preventing the spread of this virus in our communities”.

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