President Koroma Intensifies Ebola Fight

In a way of enhancing government’s continued efforts in the eradication of Ebola in Sierra Leone, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on the 9th September made on the spot checks to Lakka Isolation Centre, the 34 Military Hospital and the ongoing construction of the Kerry Town Treatment Centre.

It could be recalled that these facilities were part of government’s immediate responses to halt the spread of the Ebola Virus. The Lakka isolation centre is expected to be fully operational between the 15th -20th September this year. President Koroma urged the health officials at Lakka to work within the expected timeline and endeavour to meet the required standards.

These facilities to a significant extent play a crucial role in the fight against the deadly Ebola Disease. During a conducted tour of the ongoing construction of the Kerry Town treatment centre, President Koroma said that the visits and the efforts demonstrated so far determine the state of preparedness and commitment of the government to fight against the deadly scourge. Whilst appealing to the international community for an effective partnership and to get the centres fully operational in the eradication of the deadly virus, President Koroma stated that such efforts are a step in the right direction, adding that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the “international community must enhance an effective collaboration as quickly as possible to put the issue of Ebola behind us”.

President Koroma underscored the important role sensitization plays in this fight and further encouraged Sierra Leoneans to adhere to preliminary steps especially when a person starts exhibiting Ebola related symptoms. “Let us continue to do what we are told to do to put Ebola behind us,” he said.

On arrival at Lakka, the President was informed that approximately ninety (90) samples are tested daily and substantially reducing the waiting period to three hours. Led on a conducted tour of the Lakka Isolation centre, Luca Rolla, Medical Coordinator of Emergency Hospital informed the President about the training of Doctors, Nurses and Community Health Officers expected to be working at the treatment centre. He added that facilities such as toilets and showers that will be used by both patients and the suspected cases will be separated to avoid cross transmission of the virus. He pledged his commitment to get the facility operational within the expected timeline.

Meanwhile, on arrival at the construction site of the treatment centre in Kerry Town, President Koroma urged the contractors to hand over the facility within a fortnight as the country is in dire need, particularly at a crucial time like this. “I will be here in two weeks time,” the President emphasized.

The Chief Medical Officer at the 34 Military Hospital, Colonel Foday Sahr led President Koroma and entourage to the rehabilitation of the dental department of the hospital which will be used to treat Ebola patients. The Dental Department, he said, has never been used. At the temporal isolation centre, Mr. Sahr said that plans are underway to put the patients in a proper isolation centre, saying that results of tested samples are given out on a daily basis.

Source : Government of Sierra Leone

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