In appreciation of the hard work, commitment and dedication to service in the fight against the Ebola virus disease, the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has through the assistance of the World Bank presented a cheque of $10,000 (Ten Thousand US Dollars) to Ebola Treatment Centres in the Western Area, Makeni, Kenema and Kailahun.
Making the symbolic presentation on behalf of the President, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah at the Lakka Treatment Centre noted the sacrifices made by the staff at the Centre since its inception, and in recognition of their good work presented a Certificate of Appreciation and the token of $10,000 Cheque.
Dr. Fofanah paid tribute to the staff of the various Centres across the country that lost their lives while trying to save life, and prayed that God grant them perpetual peace and rest.
He said as much as they celebrate the Christmas Festive, the mourning of their lost colleagues is also a moment of reflection, noting the sacrifices made and their loyalty to serve humanity.
Dr. Fofanah described the Ebola as vicious and destructive, and enemy of tears and sorrow in our doorsteps.
He commended staff of the Centre for their gallantry, courage, and esteemed and laudable service to the nation, and prayed for the speedy end of the pandemic.
Dr. Fofanah reiterated government’s commitment to ensure their safety and well-being, hoping that the Certificate of Appreciation and token would go a long way in recognition of their remarkable contributions in the fight against Ebola.
The Centre Coordinator, Dr. Rolla Lucal, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the President, the Minister and Government for the gesture, describing it as an invaluable motivation.
He said both the local and international staff have been working assiduously, and are poised to continue the good work.
The Minister in a similar vein addressed staff of the Hastings Treatment Centre, and presented their token and Certificate of Appreciation for their esteemed and laudable service in the Ebola fight.
Dr. Sekou Kanneh on behalf of the Centre Coordinator, expressed gratitude to the President, the Health Minister, the World Bank and the government for the gifts.
“We are front line soldiers, the Ebola is our war, and as an army we would defeat the virus”, Dr. Kanneh said with optimism.
At the Connaught Hospital, the Matron, Isatu Kamara described the gesture as an incentive and motivation, though it came in a period of mourning, and thanked the President, the Minister and government for recognizing their efforts.