Efforts to gain control of the Ebola outbreak continue. Our thoughts are with all the victims, especially nurse Pauline Cafferkey.
She is just one of the brave UK medical staff who, despite the risks, volunteered to help in Sierra Leone.
As we know, Pauline unfortunately contracted the disease herself.
Local Rotarians have a special interest in helping those living in Mile 36, a village not far from Freetown, home to the David School founded by Ramsey Rotarian David Wallwork.
At the moment the village is free of the disease but everyone lives in fear.
The school is closed until the outbreak is over.
Since Ebola is passed by contact, villagers seek to combat the spread by a programme of hand washing.
This has highlighted a desperate need for soap. Rotarian Keith Goldsmith approached Tesco in Serpentine Green in Hampton, Peterborough.
The manager kindly agreed to match the number of bars of soap purchased by Ortons Rotary Club.
As a result, an additional 600 bars of soap are now on the way to Sierra Leone for the children to use. Thank you, Tesco.
Children from schools in Ramsey heard David’s appeal for soap and were quick to respond.
Donations have been received from the Spinning Infants, Ashbeach and Ramsey Junior schools.
This simple and cheap method could help prevent the spread of this terrible disease.
Ibrahim works at the David School. Thanks to Rotary funding he trained as an electrician.
Now he manages the solar electricity system and helps to teach others.
We reprint an email from Ibrahim which gives an insight into the gravity of the situation and the fear people have of contracting this terrible disease. These are Ibrahim’s exact words:
“Long time not communicating due to hardship with so many horrible happenings.
This is one of the worst moment in the history of this country.
Presently Freetown is the hotspot of Ebola disease.
Second hotspot is Port Loko District but all other districts are getting some relief now with few or no cases.
Presently there are traps all over the city for high temperatures. In the community where I stay there are two checkpoints. Wash hand and measure temperature compulsory.
It must not high. They can call for an ambulance with immediate effect.
Whenever I leave home I can be so worry.
Every minute and seconds I use to touch my body with the back of my hand to feel it, if it is warm.
It is very much scaring. No peace of mind.
The hope for life here is slim. No one is safe here.”
Rotary will do everything possible to continue the steady supply of soap and make sure school staff still receive money despite the temporary closure.
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