In collaboration with the Union of Islamic Relief in USA, Direct Aid Society sent three medical supplies and medicine containers for the relief of “Ebola” patients, in Sierra Leone, which has been purchased and shipped from the United States and China that reached a value of $178 500 USD.
The Direct Aid Society has also donated $50 thousand dollars previously as a symbolic contribution from the Society in Sierra Leone Ministry of Health’s efforts to fight the disease where the Society expressed willingness to put all its health institutions in Sierra Leone at the disposal of the Ministry of Health. The Head of Direct Aid office “Ahmed Kamaman” was received by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, “Ernest Koroma” himself at the Presidency headquarters in the capital, “Freetown”, and expressed his gratitude for the Society gesture and appreciated the great efforts exerted by the society in all health, educational and social fields in Sierra Leone for decades. President Koroma also expressed his sincere thanks to the support provided by the State of Kuwait Government, its people, and civil society institutions to help the African peoples face the disasters and epidemics pervaded them, especially the last aid to fight the “Ebola” disease.
“Ebola” virus has swept through several countries in the west coast of the African continent, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, a fatal virus with a death rate of up to 90%, where the disease began spreading in recent periods epidemically in Central and West Africa. The virus is transmitted from wild animals to humans, and then spreads through human-to-human transmission in several ways, including direct contact with the blood, secretions of infected people or through contact with infected person materials, such as contaminated injecting. First symptoms are the sudden onset of high temperature and severe headache, muscle pain, joint pain and general weakness, sore throat, nausea, and symptoms develop into bloody vomiting, redness and swelling of the eyes, skin rash, low blood pressure and up to death.
The Direct Aid involved in the fight against many epidemics and diseases prevalent in the African continent through health programs implemented yearly by its field offices in 30 African countries, it’s also connected in partnerships and agreements of joint cooperation with a large number of international health organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF”, The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “OCHA”, and the World Health Organization for the implementation of urgent medical assistance in the affected areas.