Freetown, May 7, 2015 (MOHS) – The African Union (AU) Nigerian Contingent in the fight against the Ebola virus disease deployed in Northern Sierra Leone and the Western Area on Thursday May 7, 2015 bid farewell to the Ministry of Health at a ceremony held in the Ministry’s conference hall in Freetown.
Presenting the team, the Nigeria High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi reiterated the Federal Republic of Nigeria continued support to Sierra Leone adding that the team enjoyed the strong bilateral and mutual relationship between the two countries.
The Team Leader and Coordinator, Dr. Abdullahi Musa said the team comprised 11 personnel in different discipline that made great impact on psycho-social counseling, surveillance, case management, data processing and assisting survivors.
During their stay in Kambia, Koinadugu, Tonkolili, Port Loko and Bombali they were able to address complications, trauma, and reducing the rate of transmission.
Commenting on their success story, Dr. Musa said they were also deployed in hot spot areas in the Bombali and Port Loko districts, and until their journey back home, nobody got infected. The other aspect of the success story was the admission of 166 patients with the discharged of 106 patients, and processed 1,100 blood samples. The team has also recently deployed a mobile laboratory in Kambia, and had decontaminated over 1,500 quarantined homes.
He said they provide in-patients and out-patients services, intensified surveillance and restored community participation with high response structure.
“We would leave a skeleton staff and would missed the warm reception and hospitality enjoyed during our stay”, said Dr. Musa.
Responding, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah gave a brief historic sketch of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia and the geo-political consideration for the non-closure of our borders during the outbreak in Sierra Leone in May 25, 2014, taking into account the free movement of people, trade, culture and support from the two neighboring countries during the civil conflict.
He reiterated the support from the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the rebel war, and the solidarity demonstrated as one of the first African countries that came to aid Sierra Leone on the event of the Ebola outbreak.
Dr. Fofanah on behalf of the Ministry, the government and people of Sierra Leone expressed gratitude and appreciation for the strong support and solidarity, hoping that the existing bilateral relationship will continue to grow from strength to strength.