The Makeni Trust Fund has decided to send £5,000 immediately to the University of Makeni to support its work in the current crisis situation. Fr Joe Turay, Vice Chancellor, describes how the funds will be used:
“Things have really taken a dramatic turn in the country after the death of the only virologist in the country. At the moment we are all on deck in fighting the disease.There is an Ebola task force in every town and village and we meet every morning for planning.
Also the University was able to mobilize the diocese and we are all on board planning and working.Some of our students have formed volunteer groups to help in contact tracing and sensitization.Our Radio Maria and the communications department have prepared sensitization and awareness programs on the Ebola epidemic.
We have decided to spend whatever funds now on :
1. Getting the basics..: chlorine , gloves and boots and protective gears. The prices of these basics have now become astronomic.
2. Support to setting up the isolation unit in Makeni. They have asked our Holy Spirit Hospital but indeed as Sister Nora told us yesterday that they are not prepared for that. I totally agree with her because there are no protective gears for the nurses and they are not trained. So they have decided to build one at the Government Hospital. We will help them.
3. Help our students who cannot go home to help in the sensitization and volunteering to help combat the disease .
4. We will also contribute towards fuel for the contact tracing .”