Deputy Ngegba takes Ebola to British Foreign Office Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner has paid a courtesy call on the British Foreign Office in London to acquaint them on developments back home regarding the Ebola disease which is tearing the sub-region apart.
Tamba Mansa Ngegba was speaking to the Deputy Head of the West African Division Kerris Dunn, who is also in charge of the Sierra Leone Desk at the Foreign Office. “The Ebola disease is real and we need the collective effort of everyone including our international partners to help arrest the situation. And I am here to make a formal representation on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone to request for your kind support in whatever means,” he said. Ngegba said although there are international organisations like MSF and DFID helping the situation out but we still need additional help from you people.”
He said the Ebola is seriously affecting the eastern part of the country particularly Kailahun where people have been forced hostage for fear of being affected. “This is a desperate situation and this is affecting the country’s economy especially at a time like this when the President is working round the clock to improve the living standard of the people,” the Diplomat said. He listed down items desperately in need of to fight the disease including clothing, gloves and other health protected gadgets.
Dunn praised the Deputy High Commissioner for his efforts in bringing up the issue to the British Foreign Office and promised to bring the issue to the attention of the Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Simmonds, to take necessary actions. “We are very concerned about the situation and I will stress the urgency to the appropriate authorities,” Dunn said.
Sorie Sudan Sesay Diplomat Sierra Leone High Commission United Kingdom