Port Loko receives Le 25 M worth of foodstuffs
The National Coordinator of the Non-Governmental Organization, Amazonia Initiative Movement, Rugiatu Neneh Turay on Monday 15th September 2014 distributed food items worth Le25 million to six chiefdoms in Port Loko District ahead of the three-day shutdown of the country announced by Government from 19th to 21st September 2014. (Photo: Madam Rugiatu Turay, AIM National Coordinator)
The food items, which include bags of rice and bundles of water, were distributed to quarantined homes with special priority to women, children and the physically challenged.
Rugiatu Neneh Turay informed this medium that the donation is to complement Government’s efforts to contain the outbreak with premium on community mobilization and clarified that the food items are mainly for the vulnerable who have been identified by the Headmen and Councilors in each chiefdom.
She also highlighted the impact of the disease on mostly women and children warning that if people do not abide by the preventive measures, more deaths would occur and revealed that the three-day shutdown is to engage them through house-to-house sensitization and contact tracing and stating that there is no cure for the disease.
She admonished the people to abide by the preventive measures by washing their hands with soap and water, avoid body contact and urged Government to allow medical teams to take the lead during the shutdown.
Rugiatu Neneh Turay continued to appeal to the people to put aside their political differences and join Government eradicate the epidemic in the country in addition to the District Medical Team recruiting experienced medical practitioners in the community who can speak the local languages to sensitize the people about the disease.
Concluding, she also pleaded with Government to setup a counseling center in the District with trained personnel.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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