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Sierra Leone News: Street Child donates preventive materials to Police

Kelfa Kargbo handing over the preventive materials to AIG Elizabeth TurayIn recognition of the work the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) is doing in providing security to government hospitals, quarantine homes, Ebola treatment and isolation centers, a Non-Governmental Organization, Street Child, has presented 130 plastic buckets with taps and Chlorine for every Police Station and Post in Freetown.
Street Child is the second organization that has made this kind of gesture to the SLP.
Making the presentation on Wednesday at the Police Headquarters in Freetown in the presence of Senior Police Officers, the Country Director Street Child, Kelfa Kargbo said his organization has been working with the SLP on many activities.
He added that his organization was pleased to be part of the work of the SLP in making their own humble contribution to the fight against Ebola virus.
The Country Director reiterated that Street Child has affiliation with other organization in the United Kingdom and they have been supported by UK government, DFID and other multi-national organizations.  He added that recently his organization received funding for the implementation of projects in five districts in the country, including Kailahun but unfortunately the Ebola outbreak has stopped them from implementing.
Kargbo noted that the fight against the Ebola is no one man’s battle “as it needs the collaborative efforts of all”.
He said Street Child has distributed plastic buckets with chlorinated water across Freetown and Bo for people to wash their hands as a way of reducing the spread of the virus.
The Country Director said that another group of people who are vulnerable apart from health workers are the Police officers.
That is why the presentation is made so that people will wash their hands when entering and leaving any Police Station or Posts.
Accepting the items, the Inspector-General of Police, Francis Munu, while thanking the organization said Street Child has been complementing their efforts in terms of providing care and support for street children.
He added that “we appreciate the thinking that the Ebola fight is not one man’s fight”.
IG Munu stated that since the outbreak, flights and borders have been closed on us and “we are left on our own”.
The IG hoped that the preventive materials will go a long way in promoting hand washing which is one way of preventing against the virus.
He also hoped for further collaboration with Street Child in supplementing their efforts in removing street children from the streets, so that they will not be a liability to the government and the Police.
The Inspector-General concluded, “We laud your efforts in caring for street children who are exposed to many hazardous things”.
By Abibatu Kamara
Thursday August 21, 2014

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