In a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease in the country, Next Chance Organisation Sierra Leone(NCOSL) at Lower Allen Town in the east of Freetown, on Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 donated over Five Hundred and Two Face Masks to community members within the Kola Tree Community.
Explaining the essence of the donation, Chief Executive Officer of Next Chance Organisation Sierra Leone, Alimamy Sarafila Marah said the initiative is to complement government in the fight against COVID-19 in the country, even though they are yet to experience the virus in their community. He added that the innovation would create more civic education and public awareness to contain the spread of the virus.
“Our Organisation was set up in 2019 to aid inmates from the Series of Sierra Leone Correctional Centers across the country after serving their jail terms. We were alongside the UNIMAK administration, able to empower seventeen (17) inmates and Five Officials at the University of Makeni on November 2019 with quality certificates of merit in various fields of studies,” he attested.
He further said that NCO-SL will continue to support other communities with face masks in line with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation policies about the virus.
In her statement, the Member of Parliament of Constituency 113, Honorable Rugiatu Rosy Kanu, expressed gratitude and appreciation to NCO-SL for their wonderful venture towards the community especially Word 400, Kola tree Community. She assured them of quality delivery though it is challenging at the moment due to the global health pandemic.
“I am delighted to be part of the process to educate my people about the impact of the COVID-19. Our duty is to support each other in the fight against COVID-19 in the country, she said.
Adding that due to the constant threat communities are poised with, Constituency 113 is taking the lead in helping government to halt its spread.
Honorable Rugiatu Rosy Kanu however said that the Coronavirus is real, and Sierra Leoneans should keep to the preventive methods for keeping them and their families safe.
The Head of Public Health Unit (PHU), Madam Rugiatu Sankoh noted that the effort of NCO-SL was apt and unique with regards to their dreams for the community.
We are facing serious difficulties in order to keep our patients at the hospital. Our key challenge is water facilities and beds for patients. We need more support from government and donor partners at least to meet the dream of our people in the community”, She appealed.
In his submission, the Public Relations Officer of Next Chance Organisation Sierra Leone, Mathew Amadu, said the community is seeking for more help in terms of health care. He further confirmed to this medium that the 502 face masks will create significant impact in the society because community members young and old will understand it importance.
At NCO-SL, we believe in team work for a successful outcome; thats why we are working critical stakeholders in the community to achieving our goal, he remarked.