As a way of sustaining the fight against the dreadful Ebola Virus (EVD) in the country, fishing companies led by the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Capt. Alieu Pat Sowe on the 2nd September, 2014 made a cheque donation of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Leones (Le221, 500,000) to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House.
Congratulating them for their contributions, President Koroma reaffirmed government's commitment to addressing the shortages in materials, especially with the protective gears and other items that are required to win this fight.
"At a moment like this when we have reawaken the support of the international community," the President said, and added that "We must enhance effective coordination and collaboration and endeavour to translate the knowledge already acquired into positive attitudes and behaviours to avoid a deficiency in the fight."
President Koroma further urged Sierra Leoneans to step up their efforts by limiting the spread of the virus. "We must put a limit on the spread, we cannot allow it to go beyond a particular point; it is only when we put a limit to the spread that we will be able to contain it quickly," he emphasized.
President Koroma stated that the Ebola outbreak is now a sub-regional issue, and added that "we must continue the engagement that will engender support to enhance the fight against the virus."
He urged that contact tracing, surveillance monitors and social mobilization be intensified to track down all infected cases together with the persons that they were exposed to.
Acknowledging the challenges, the President strongly believes that with the restructuring that has taken place both in the Ministry and the Emergency Operations Centre, it will yield the result that is needed in the fight.
Delivering a statement during his presentation, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Capt. Pat Sowe said that as adherence to the call of the President, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources together with industrial fishing companies donated over Five Hundred cartons of 20kg each to assist in the feeding of people quarantined in various parts of the country.
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) led by the supervising Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Destiny Shipping Company accompanied by Bishop Abu Koroma of the Flaming Evangelical Ministries donated the sum of One Hundred Million Leones (Le 100,000,000) each as part of their efforts in the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The Limkokwing University through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology donated sensitization materials comprising 20,000 Flyers, 10,000 car stickers, 2,000 T-Shirts, 5 billboards and jingles for radio and television to help halt the Ebola spread.
Bintumani Hotel led by the Ministries of Water Resources and Tourism and Culture made a cheque donation of One Hundred Million Leones (Le 100,000,000) to enhance the fight against Ebola, whilst the Sierra Leone Prisons also donated Ten Million Leones (Le 10,000,000) as their contribution to fight the deadly Ebola virus Disease.