Via Sierra Express Media: Government urged to expedite response to put an end ot the Cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone. Excerpt:
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network of Sierra Leone together with partners have noticed with dismay the Cholera Outbreak which has claimed precious lives. With the official pronouncement of the outbreak by the Government of Sierra Leone, action needs to be taken to reverse the spread of this deadly crisis.
The action is part of our collective effort as a network of CSOs to raise the hygiene and sanitation profile and to demand strong government action to stop needless deaths from this preventable illness.
We continue to greatly acknowledge the vital contributions of the Government of Sierra Leone together with its partners like UNICEF, WHO and others but more still needs to be done. We feel there are still more to be done and hence we call on the ministry to continue to support the Blue Flag Volunteers who administer basic first aid and give out lifesaving rehydration salts to people suffering from severe diarrhea and cholera.
Members of the Network have visited various hospitals and have seen the need for urgent action needed by the government to save lives. In the current call for circulars by the Government of Sierra Leone, we have also noticed with disappointment that there are no separate budget lines for water and sanitation. This is despite our government recently having made commitments during the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington, DC in April.