The Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has donated One point Six-nine Billion Leones to assist the Government of Sierra Leone fight against the Ebola Virus disease.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has donated One point Six-nine Billion Leones to assist the Government of Sierra Leone fight against the Ebola Virus disease. The donation was made during a one day solidarity visit by the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to Sierra Leone and current Chair of the African Union.
Delivering his statement at a News conference held at the Presidential Lounge Freetown international Airport Lungi, President Koroma reiterated that the outbreak of Ebola was announced in May last year and from that period the country has lost a good number of brothers and sisters to Ebola, the economy is almost at a standstill, schools are closed and the country has isolated and has also has a devastating effect on the country. Nonetheless President Koroma added including that of the Africa Union, Government has increased its capacity to respond towards the fight against Ebola.
President Koroma noted with satisfaction that of late figures of confirmed cases are very encouraging and have built Sierra Leonean capacity to respond to the crisis as there are now Sierra Leonean health officers in all of the treatment and holding centers. The President disclosed that as a country, there is one treatment center that is exclusively run by Sierra Leoneans and that is doing extremely well in treating Ebola cases. He pointed out that with the enhanced support and with what they are now experiencing, they feel very comfortable that in the next three weeks they will be having zero confirmed cases which is what Sierra Leonean have been craving for.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Current Chair of the African Union expressed gratitude and support to the President, the government and people of Sierra Leone for their efforts in the fight against Ebola and for the impressive progress they have made towards the fight.
He pointed out that he is very concerned that national efforts together with international efforts, Sierra Leoneans will be able to kick Ebola out of the country. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz commended local and international personnel for efforts made to combat the virus in the country. He called on the international community to redouble their efforts and extend heartfelt condolences to the President, government and people of Sierra Leone for the loss of their loved ones.
A communique issued by the two heads of State expressed the need to contain and eradicate the Ebola Virus disease in the Mano River Union Basin, strengthening sub-regional security and stability for the attainment of full benefits if socio-economic potentials of the sub-region and the continent as a whole. The joint communique recalled the longstanding and excellent bilateral ties between the two countries and dilated on the scope, magnitude and socio-economic impact of the extraordinary outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that engulfed the three MRU Member States of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
He commended the efforts at both national and international levels to stem the spread and eradicate the scourge in the region and described the continued stigmatization and the suspension of flights services to the affected countries as a distraction to the collective efforts in fighting the epidemic and called for a change of attitude