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Oxfam provides additional boost to the Koinadugu district

January 21st, 2016 Posted in English, essentials services, Health, Sierra Leone, Water and Sanitation
The three ambulances which presented to the District council

The three ambulances which presented to the District council

Oxfam in Sierra Leone has donated three new ambulances to the Koinadugu District Council. In an auspicious ceremony which was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation. Mr. Foday Sawi on Friday 15th January 2016, OXFAM Country Director Thynn Thynn Hlaing presented the ambulances to the Koinadugu District Council. Receiving the Three Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles together with its accompanying accessories, Chairman of the Council, Mr Sheku Kamara  expressed gratitude to OXFAM for what he described “as a laudable gesture that is geared towards improving the health sector and advancing the post Ebola health initiatives in the district”. He maintained that the ambulances will help to save many lives by speedily responding to multiple healths related emergencies in especially hard to reach communities.

The Chairman noted that Oxfam has always been a reliable partner in the overall development efforts of the Koinadugu District through the provision of technical and logistical support to the council and the district as a whole. He mentioned that Oxfam has previously provided Water and Sanitation (WASH) facilities in primary schools and Community Health Posts (CHPs). Oxfam has also constructed community water wells and toilet facilities.

Hygienists displays their certificates

Hygienists displays their certificates

During the presentation ceremony, certificates of recognition were presented to 15 hygienists for their role during the Ebola outbreak. The Chairman particularly commended the organization for its timely intervention during the Ebola outbreak by setting up and managing a holding centre at Kumala in the Neini Chiefdom. He applauded Oxfam for its close collaboration with the council in the design and implementation of programme activities.Oxfam Country Director stated that the donation of the ambulances and the provision of other needed services is consistent with Oxfam’s long term vision to provide technical and logistical support to the council for them to take leadership and ensure ownership of development efforts following the declaration of the end of the Ebola Virus Disease.

She emphasized that this initiative is part of Oxfam’s broad mandate to alleviate poverty and support a just world where people are valued and treated with equality and dignity, and in which people enjoy their rights as full citizens who can influence decisions affecting their lives.

With about 33% of Councillors in the Koinadugu district council being female, the Country Director informed the stakeholders that OXFAM is particularly encouraged by the level of female participation in governance brought about largely as a result of the numerous capacity building programmes designed to enhance the chances of women to take leadership roles.

Meanwhile, a primary school, a junior secondary school and Public Health Unit including a staff quarter which were constructed by OXFAM and its development partners in Kumala, Neini Chiefdom were on Friday 15th January 2016 handed over to the local authorities for use by the community. Commissioning the facilities, PC Foday Almammy Jalloh III and the DHMT appreciated the work of OXFAM for coming to the aid of the chiefdom, believed to be one of the most deprived in terms of access to education and healthcare for their children. The authorities were encouraged to make judicious use of the facilities and ensure their proper maintenance, thanks to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (GFO) and the UK Government (DFID).

Abu Bakarr Conteh

Media and Communications Officer

Oxfam in  Sierra Leone

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