Mercury International and the Lebanese Community respectively yesterday towed the line of institutions complimenting government efforts through financial contributions in the fight against Ebola with the presentation of two cheques for Le100 million to the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madam Miatta Kargbo.
Chief Executive Officer of Mercury International, Samir Hassaniyeh who also doubles as President of the Lebanese Community made it clear that the donation was their meaningful assistance in helping government in its sensitization nationwide and responding effectively to suspected cases. On a more serious note he says, Ebola does know color. He reiterated that although they have been assured by President Koroma for the public not to panic, but there is also need to come on board and help government in the sensitization.
Minister Mitta Kargbo thanked Mercury for their gesture describing the donation as very timely in the fight against Ebola campaign. She spoke about the contact tracing system, noting that some of these monies are being spent on stipends for those involved in the tracing. She emphasized that the ministry does not have enough contact bases across the country which is a concern to them as a government and appealed to the Lebanese business people to help sensitize their customers and gave the assurance that they will update and publish all expenditure on every single cent spent during this campaign and call on other organization to emulate.
The Lebanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Vidal Yehy suggested the involvement of footballers and artists in the sensitization exercise. Mercury Managing-Director, Martin Michael presented the cheques to the Minister.