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ANGLICAN DIOCESE BOOSTS EBOLA FIGHT AGAIN
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Freetown, Rt. Rev. Thomas A. I. Wilson, recently led a delegation to the Northern Region and the Peninsular villages in the Western Area to distribute disinfectants and hygienic kits to encourage the hand washing prevention method and medical/protective supplies for health workers in the two health facilities of the Diocese – New Life Clinic at Lungi and Sierra Leone Rural Health Clinic in Port Loko Town.
The delegation also comprised of the Venerable Archdeacon Canon Joseph M. Khamara, Rural Dean of the Northern Rural Deanery, Rev. Samuel A.F. King, the Finance Manager, Mrs. Augustina I. Asgill, the Project Coordinator, Rev. Canon Llewellyn B. Rogers-Wright and Rev. Nathanial Schlenker-Williams.
The delegation covered Yongoro and Robenke in Lungi, Pepel and Port Loko Town on the first day and spent the night in the latter township.
On the second day, the delegation went to Kabala which at the time was the only Ebola-free district. The Bishop and his team returned to Makeni where they spent the night.
On the third day, the delegation started the distribution at Holy Trinity Makeni and moved to Rolayan on its way back to Freetown. The delegation rested for a day before embarking on the visit to the Rural Peninsular villages the following day.
The distribution was reported to have gone well and the congregations in a very delightful mood expressed their gratitude and appreciation for receiving the items and the words of encouragement delivered by Bishop Wilson.
In expressing their gratitude, the spokesman for the congregation at Kabala remarked that the Anglican Diocese of Freetown was the first Church (Denomination) to have done such a gesture and that has made them proud to belong to the Diocese, adding that the buckets and bowls would serve the community in their fight to prevent the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) from infesting them.
“Indeed, the move has enhanced the sense of belonging and no doubt will help preserve the unity of the Church and demonstrate the concern of the Church,” says Rev. Canon L.B. Rogers-Wright.
The life-saving activities undertaken by the Anglican Diocese of Freetown comes after the Diocese had received Le53, 000,000.00 (Fifty-three million Leones) from the United Society to procure supplies for the Church’s health facilities and the Churches in the Diocese.
A total of 500 dispensing buckets with corresponding bowls and 30 cartons x 100 bars of soap were distributed to all the 10 churches in the Northern Province including St, Matthew’s Church, Yongoro, Rolayan Congregation, Holy Trinity Church, Makeni, Bishop Walmsley Church, Kabala, and St. James Church, Port Loko Town respectively.
A total of 30 buckets and corresponding bowls and bars of soap were given to the community including 2 sets each to the Diocese Clinics and the rest to community elders.
The balance of 200 buckets and bowls and soap were also distributed to 12 Churches in the Peninsular villages and community elders including St. Joseph’s Church, Songo, St. Mary’s Church, Newton, St. Michael’s & All Angels, Waterloo, St. Barnabas Church, Waterloo, St. Edward’s Church, Kent, St. Henry’s Church, York, and St. John’s Church, Macdonald respectively.
Apart from the buckets and bowls soap distributed to the health facilities in Yongoro and Port Loko Town, protective gowns, face masks and boots totaling 320 were also distributed for use by the health workers at these facilities.
Gloves, chlorine powder, toilet soap IV poles, and disposable plastic sheets the Diocese received from Christian Health Association in Sierra Leone (CHASL) were also distributed to the health facilities of the Diocese.
According to Rev. Canon L.B. Rogers-Wright, the decision to make the visit was triggered by the announcement that some of the Diocese congregations had been isolated in their areas such as Port Loko, Lunsar and Makeni, noting that the visit was therefore not only timely but also served as an eye-opener.
“With the isolation of those areas the hardship of the people has intensified; food supplies are hard to come by and when available are highly priced,” Rev. Canon L.B. Rogers-Wright observed.
The Project Coordinator recommended that further intervention should focus on alleviating the hardship of the people by providing food aid; enhancing the capacity of the Clergy in counseling the affected; intensifying the approaches to halt he spread of the disease; and, capacity building of the church’s health facilities.
He added that further help in addressing the aforementioned would be highly appreciated by the Diocese congregations.