BSGR New Citizen Newspaper Article - Octea Joins The Fight Against Ebola

20 August 2014

20.08.14 New Citizen Newspaper Article - Octea Joins The Fight Against Ebola

Wednesday 20th August, 2014 New Citizen Page 6


By Sylvester T Bangah

OCTEA Mining Company in Kono District is the latest to join government’s efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

The Government of Sierra Leone has attracted a lot of attention from very meaningful Sierra Leoneans and development partners from home and abroad since the outbreak of the disease in the country on 25th May 2014. In a press conference at the UN compound, organised by stakeholders from within the district of Kono, it was explained by Dr Kandeh that thirty (30) health workers have died as a result of the Ebola virus.

Doctor Kandeh is a medical practitioner sent to Kono to team up with the District Medical Officer, Dr Manso Dumbuya to tackle the spread of the virus. Subsequent to what was explained, the need to develop a very robust strategy was top of the agenda. The district is now having an observation ward en route to Kenema as a way forward.

The community has as well put structures in place such as community surveillance from health workers to the PHUs, Community volunteer mobilization to be motivated to work towards the provision of communication items such as telephones to immediately report suspected signs of cases of Ebola to the hospital.

In lieu with these measure, OCTEA mining company in a similar vein organised on 5th August 2014 a health welfare concern conference at the conference hall of the Kono District Council and donated thirty (30) empty container jars each with capacity of one hundred litres of water for regular hand washing as one of the preventative measures. The jars are to be placed in different communities to mix chlorine and water for frequent hand washing to sanitize people towards the fight againt the Ebola virus.

In making the donation to the Kono District Council on behalf of the Company, Head of Community Development at OCTEA, Henry Vagg explained that the Company is part of Sierra Leone and it is cognizance of the seriousness attached by His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma towards the fight against the spread of Ebola. He continued that it was against the backdrop that the company would stop at no length in joining hands to make the fight successful.

Henry Vagg recalled when the President declared a stay home to reflect and the offering of prayers on the 4th August 2014, a declaration the company complied with and reiterated the seriousness of the stay home.

In another venture, the company now has in place thermometers at its entry points to test the temperature of workers with those discovered with high temperatures referred to the company’s hospital for further examination.

Phillip Sorboe, PRO for OCTEA told the people of Kono that the company considers the seriousness of Ebola.

Receiving the items on behalf of the people of Kono, Chairman Kono District Council, Richard Abdurrahman Koninga who doubles as the Chairman Coordination Committee for the fight against Ebola registered thanks and appreciations to the company for its timely intervention in the national fight.

He appealed to OCTEA to redouble its efforts in providing maintenance for vehicles in the district that can be used in the fight against Ebola and ended by calling on the other development partners to emulate the efforts of OCTEA in this fight.