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Ambassador Siray Timbo Mobilises Support For Salone


Ambassador Siray Timbo Mobilises Support For Salone

Since Ambassador Siray A. Timbo assumed control of the Sierra Leone Embassy in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) as the country’s first resident Ambassador, in August this year, he has not had any breathing space. He has been talking to the political leadership of his host country in order to assist Sierra Leone in the fight against the dreadful Ebola Virus Disease.
As a result of such high-level diplomatic meetings, the President of the UAE, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has authorized a grant of US$ 4.9 to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the three West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Very recently, Ambassador Timbo influenced the Manager of WAHA (Women And Health Alliance International), Cheikh Mbaye, who is based in Paris, France to visit Sierra Leone and assess possible areas of intervention by his group.
In an exclusive interview with the Global Times at Radisson Blue Hotel, Aberdeen, Mr. Mbaye praised Ambassador Siray Timbo and Sierra Leone’s Consul General in the UAE, Berhige Annan for their invaluable role in getting him to visit Sierra Leone at “a difficult time like this”. Mr. Mbaye recalled that his group (WAHA) had donated thirteen Tricycle Ambulances to Sierra Leone in March this year. He described his brief visit to Sierra Leone as “an eye opener”.
Mr. Mbaye praised the Sierra Leone Government for its relentless efforts in fighting to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. The visiting WAHA Manager said his group would be collaborating with both the Ministries of Health and Sanitation and Education, Science and Technology in the area of sensitization and will be providing technical support where necessary to the Sierra Leone Government.
Mr. Mbaye said it would be difficult to eradicate the Ebola scourge in Sierra Leone by the end of the year. “I don’t sincerely think that that time frame is realistic”, he said.
Mr. Mbaye promised to brief Ambassador Siray Timbo in Dubai, next week, on the outcome of his visit to Sierra Leone. He said he had met with some key stakeholders including the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah and the Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo. He said he visited the Ebola Treatment Center at Hastings.
Mr. Mbaye has since returned to Paris.

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