By Samuel Saquee..
It was good news and comfort today at the National Ebola Response Commission (NERC) command center in Koidu City, Kono District, as the District Coordinator, P.C. Paul N. Saquee V received a package of fourteen(14) brand new vehicles donated by the British Government to boost the resources needed for the fight against Ebola in the district.
The package included eleven Toyota Land Cruiser ambulances and two hearse carriers and one Hilux pick up utility van. In this respect thanks and appreciation should be given to Retired Lieutenant Colonel John Vett, whose proactive and tireless efforts culminated in the acquisition of the vehicles in question.
This package has come in handy as the district experiences a rapid surge in the Ebola figures over the week and with hitherto inadequate resources. In another development, it has been revealed that the holding, treatment and convalescence center located in Dowuma in the Gbense Chiefdom which is constructed and will be run by the International Federation of the Red Cross (I.F.R.C.) is nearing completion and will be operational on the 5th January 2015.
This will be complemented by four(4) eight(8) bed capacity treatment centers currently under construction in Sando, Gbaneh,Nimikoro and Fiama Chiefdoms, courtesy of U.N.I.C.E.F., Well Body Alliance and Partners In Health (P.I.H), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Britain. The one located in Gondama in the Nimikoro Chiefdom will be operational on Friday.
The training of personnel to run these centers commenced today in Koidu City by the partners aided by W.H.O. If all goes well a permanent laboratory to be operated by Partners In Health (P.I.H.) will be up and running on the 1st. January 2015.
A major challenge now facing the N.E.R.C. is the unavailability of nurses to run the centers. However, the District Coordinator and team are currently on arrangements with Dr. Vandy to expedite the shipment of nurses from Kenema to boost the supply of Nurses.