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NAYCOM donates Le90 Million items to Ebola quarantined homes to affected families

By Salifu Conteh

As a way of complementing the efforts of Government in the eradication of the Ebola Virus and care for affected families, the National Youth Commission (NATCOM) in partnership with the Ministry of Youth under the Woman Empowerment project has provided food items to quarantined homes in the rural and provincial areas worth over ninety Million Leones. The beneficiaries were quarantined homes in Waterloo and Masiaka where, bags of rice, onions, bundles of packet water, oil, soap, buckets and other assorted condiments  were handed over.

At the Masiaka Koya Chiefdom twenty (20) quarantined homes were identified and items distributed accordingly so also at the Waterloo Rural District.

 

Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Aminata Sillah-Bangura handing over items to PC Alhaji Bai Kompa Bomboli II and Hon. Abu Bakarr Koroma

Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Aminata Sillah-Bangura handing over items to PC Alhaji Bai Kompa Bomboli II and Hon. Abu Bakarr Koroma

Welcoming the guests at Masiaka, Paramount Chief Alhaji Bai Kompa Bomboli II appreciated the gesture, bring to mind some of the good deeds done by the Youth Commissioner Mr. Anthony Koroma a son of the soil which according to him would stand the test of time. He stated that the Ebola affecting the chiefdom now have killed many indigenes of the chiefdom, but however due to the assiduous work of the Taskforce that was set up within the chiefdom the virus is slowly subsiding.

In brief, the Honourable Member of Parliament of that chiefdom, Hon. Abu Bakarr Koroma expressed dismay over the upsurge in figures of infected persons and deaths in the chiefdom.

The Port Loko Youth District PRO Abdul Bangura also expressed similar dismay and gave comprehensive reports of total death and infected persons within the chiefdom, adding that it is disheartened for the chiefdom to have the second highest death cases of the Virus after Western Area.

He said between the 9th -30th November this year, over two hundred and thirty bodies have been interred in the chiefdom, with ‘the site is so disheartening to behold.’

In presenting the items to a quarantined home at Masiaka Highway, the Commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) Mr. Anthony Koroma consoled the victims and assured them of government’s efforts in the fight and care for them. He told them that in concerted efforts very soon this agony would definitely be a thing of the past, adding that being  quarantined doesn’t mean banishment or  punishment but to effective care for their health and debar the spread of the virus.

One of the victim, explained their ordeal and the reason for their quarantined, adding that the deceased was a member of the burial team who got infected and after 3 days died at the hospital, since that death, he added nobody had died neither in the house nor the compound.

Talking to Standard Times, the Commissioner said the program is jointly done with the Ministry of Youth and other organizations, adding that monies for the said items were taken from the Commission’s coffer and not from any donor, amounting to ninety million Leones.

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