The problem of Ebola continues heavily in the three West African Countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This month looks like the worst in the number of new confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone. The Flash points are now the Western area and the Capital City Freetown. Portloko and Bombali
With the arrival of so many medical officials (Doctors, Nurses, Engineers etc) from different Countries to help contain this epidemic, the disease is been dealt with in a more robust manner but the epidemic is yet to be brought under control.
The only district (Koinadugu) that was without a confirmed case of Ebola since the start of the epidemic had it first confirmed case on October 15 2014. It is the day in Ebola History that Koinadugu will never forget, as it is on that very day that two out of four suspected cases were registered positive.
On 18 October 2014, at around 2:00am the Ebola materials donated by ENGIM and Rainbow for Africa as their support to the Sierra Leone Health System arrived at the Lungi International Airport. On 19 October 2014, ENGIM Country Director together with Rev. Fr. Mario Zarantonello left Lunsar for Lungi at about 6am. to collect these EVD Materials from Lungi for onward delivery to Lunsar. ENGIM SL is very pleased with such a donation at a time like this and we say thank you for the good work. All and sundry
The materials were received by ENGIM SL and kept by the St. Joseph Fathers Community. On 25 October 2015, these Ebola materials were distributed to the St. John of God Catholic Hospital – Lunsar, Government Health Center – Lunsar and the Holy Spirit Hospital – Makeni in the presence of Media representatives, Ward Councilor and the Lunsar Town Chief. ENGIM S/L and the St. Joseph Fathers Lunsar Community did the presentation. The beneficiary institutions were represented by the following personalities: Br. Augustine from the St. John of God hospital, Mr. Sheku U. Koroma (CHO) and Mr. Koroma (EHO) from the Government health Centre Lunsar, the Town Chief Mr. Alfred a Kamara, the Councilor Mr. Sidique Kabia, IRN reporter, and representatives from Lunsar Community Radio Station 99.1FM. It was a good ceremony that day as all of them appreciated the gift. “Br Augustine said we are more than the word grateful because these protective materials are our immediate needs as they are presently not available in our stores. We continue to ask you for a prolongation of this type of help and even more than this one.”
The Good news for our communities is that, as the Government together with Aid Agencies engage in the construction of Ebola Holding and Treatment Centers, St. John of God Brothers Lunsar decided giving one of it structures and a portion of land for the construction of an holding center. The donation of these EVD Materials by ENGIM and Rainbow for Africa is really timely. The inflatable Mattresses are now in place inside the Holding Center as seen in the picture. These materials donated to the various hospitals are extremely helpful in the battle to combat the Ebola Virus Disease and the beneficiary institutions wasted no time in using them. A big thank you also to the Manager of the St. John of God Catholic Hospital in Lunsar (Br. Michael M Kumara) for immediately going into action after receiving the materials.
ENGIM SL also appreciate the effort of CARITAS Makeni, a Non Governmental Organization formed by the Catholic Mission in Sierra Leone for assisting them with some food and non food items to support some quarantine Homes in one of our Operational Communities (Foredugu) in the Buya-romende Chiefdom in Portloko District. This was made possible through the visit of ENGIM SL Country Director to CARITAS - Makeni on the 24 October, 2014. The quantities of materials received from CARITAS Makeni were for five Quarantine homes. These were twelve items of both food and non-food (Empty rubber drums, empty five gallons container, Drinking rubbers, Toilet rubbers, Rubber plates, Stainless steel Spoons, Onions, Maggi, Palm Oil, Laundry Soap, rubber drinking cups and Kerosene). The St. Joseph Fathers also added five bags of 50kgs imported rice to it for the five quarantine homes. These items have already been distributed to the five selected beneficiaries in Foredugu Community.
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