President Koroma Receives German Ebola Coordinator

President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday 23rd October also received at State House the German Coordinator on Ebola Ambassador Walter Lindner. Mr. Lindner was in the country to do a realistic assessment on the country’s response in combating the Ebola outbreak.

President Koroma expressed appreciation that Ambassador Lindner had not only limited his engagement with officials in the capital but has also extended his outreach activities to the provinces. He informed the German envoy that the outbreak was announced in May this year and that government has shown continued commitment with a lot of resources exerted in the fight against Ebola. “We have done what we could do under the circumstances and we are still fighting,” he said. The president also expressed the need for the required bed capacity to at least one thousand beds and added that the laboratories are still not much as expected. “We still need laboratories that can handle up to 600 samples per day.”

President Koroma underscored the importance of human resources and logistical support that is required to facilitate and bring in much needed items to support the entire process. He called for the appropriate training to doctors, nurses, clinicians and surveillance officers to contain the spread of the virus. “Training and human resource is key in this fight,” he emphasized.

Ambassador Walter Lindner stated that he was in the country to see how Germany can help to support the fight against Ebola and work together to see a fruitful engagement in the fight against Ebola. Following his assessment of the actual needs of the country, Mr. Lindner promised to help Sierra Leone pass this crisis by bringing support and logistics to boost the fight against Ebola.

Source : Government of Sierra Leone

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