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AIM donates to Koya Women

AIM donates to Koya Women

The National Coordinator of the Amazonia Initiative Movement Organization, Rugiatu Neneh Turay on Tuesday 16th September 2014 donated food items worth millions of Leone to the people of Koya Chiefdom in the Port Loko District ahead of the three-day ‘Ose to ose’ sensitization announced by Government from 19th – 21st September 2014.  (Photo: Rugiatu Neneh Turay addressing the people)

The food items, which include bags of rice and packages of water, were distributed to quarantined homes with special priority to women, children and the physically-challenged.

Addressing the audience during the distribution, the National Coordinator disclosed that the gesture is to assist women, the most vulnerable affected by the disease as some of them are breadwinners.

Rugiatu Neneh Turay further informed that the donation is to complement Government’s efforts to contain the outbreak with premium on community mobilization clarifying that the food items are mainly for the vulnerable who have been identified by Headmen and Councilors in every chiefdom.

Some of the food items donated

Some of the food items donated

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 people through house-to-house sensitization and contact tracing stressing that there is no cure for the disease but can be prevented.

She also admonished the people to abide by the preventive measures by regularly washing their hands with soap and water, avoid body contact and urged Government to allow medical teams to take the lead in sensitizing the community during the shutdown.

Rugiatu Neneh Turay continued to appeal to the people to put aside their political differences by joining Government eradicate the epidemic in the country and admonished the District Medical Team to recruit 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.

One of the beneficiaries, Madam Gbassay Kamara, lauded Madam Rugiatu Turay for the gesture adding that this is the first donation to women in the community since the outbreak and appealed to others to emulate the example.

By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara

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