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Caritas Freetown with support from Partners donated Hospital beds and PPEs to government to fight COVID-19.

With support from Healey International Relief Foundation, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, and LANYI Foundation; Caritas Freetown on Friday 1st May donated to the government of Sierra Leone with Hospital beds, face masks and gloves as part of their effort in fighting the Corona Virus disease that is ravaging the world including Sierra Leone.

The donation was done at the Emergency Operational Center (EOC), Wilkinson Road in Freetown. Speaking before the donation, Caritas Programs Manager Ishmeal Alfred Charles, noted that, the donation is been done as their own little support to the fight against the Corona virus in Sierra Leone.

He said, since the outbreak in sierra Leone, they have been supporting various groups of people and organisations including vulnerable groups, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Ministry of Social Welfare, the District Health Management Teams (DHMT) among others and this time they deem it fit to support the government with protective gears. “We are happy to make this donation as we all fight to end this pandemic” he noted.

Making the donation, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown who also doubles as a Board member for the Healey IRF, Rev. Fr Peter Konteh explains the work of Caritas Freetown and contributions of their partners to the country. Fr. Konteh thanked the government for the tremendous effort put in the fight against the Corona virus in the country, most especially the EOC that is leading the fight.

“We know you work under serious pressure in fighting to curtail the spread of the virus, we pray it will soon be over, he noted.”

Fr. Konteh further said that, we’ve been looking at different areas where we could help the government. Originally, we renovated Connaught Hospital and supplied the hospital with support from Tzu Chi Foundation and placed these kinds of beds and beddings. We now think we could support the EOC with these new beds, gloves and other protective gears.

Receiving the items, the Chief of Staff at the EOC, Solomon Caulker flanked by a battery of Ministers, the National Coordinator of EOC and other Senior government officials, expresses thanks and appreciation for the donation. He goes on and said that Caritas Freetown and partners have always stood by the government during difficult times.

“We also acknowledge the tremendous work you are doing in the country by supporting   the poor and less privilege. He further explains that, this is not a fight for the EOC alone, it is a collective fight and we must all come together in this direction. He ended up by saying Thank you for the donation.”

Mr. Caulker also noted the importance of the items donated to them at the time when it mostly needed. “We are extremely grateful and will make the best use of them, he said.”

Sierra Leone recorded it first case of corona virus on March 31st 2020. Since the outbreak, Caritas Freetown and partners continue to reach out to vulnerable groups and also supporting government in the fight against the Corona virus. Today’s donation is part of ongoing support to the government and people of Sierra Leone.

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