COVID-19 Fight In Deep Mess in Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone BBC Correspondent, Umaru Fofana (in photo) has exposed the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) through a leaked memo.
According to the BBC broadcaster, so much so that the contractors who supplied water to treatment centers have gone for a week without payment and therefore threatened to leave if conditions are not fulfilled.
Fofana maintained that the leaked memo also quoted two officials of the EOC of saying that condition is appalling with acute water shortage, hygiene materials and lack of sufficient cleaners in all quarantine homes in Freetown.
According to Fofana, Head of EOC, Rtd. Brigadier Kelly Conteh confirmed that indeed no allowance has been paid, adding that the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa is preparing documentation to ensure no money wasted.
The BBC broadcaster continued that the two officials at the EOC including the Official Spokesman, Solomon Jamiru confirmed that the content of the Memo was true that workers threatened to work out if the appalling conditions are not addressed among them.
Mr. Fofana said people in treatment centers and quarantined homes have suggested that Government should bring and place water containers in strategic places to ease the problem of water shortage.
He said the Fourah Bay College (FBC) Treatment Centre lacks basic facilities, noting that people are calling on Government to build advanced and sealed hospitals to accommodate more patients.
He spoke about the lack of basic facilities especially beds and other conveniences at the converted FBC Treatment Centre. “Why up to date there are no basic facilities for us as patients,” they queried and concluded by describing as crucial in the fight against the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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