Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem
He said as a company they are in Sierra Leone to see how they can invest in the country with a view to contribute to the revitalization of the country’s economy.
The Secretary of State for Foreign Trade stated that the delegation were in the hospital to identify themselves with challenges posed by the Ebola virus and pledged their support in complimenting Government’s effort to eradicate the disease.
Briefing his audience, James Lange, from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Ebola Vaccine, STRIVE Unit established in the country has three rooms in which the volunteer go through to receive the vaccine, adding that the first room is meant for volunteers to declare their intentions to take the vaccine while the second room is reserved for the administration of the vaccine. The third aspect, he said is the handing over of incentives (Cash and Mobile phones). He assured that volunteers are quick to recover from reaction brought about by the vaccine, followed by close monitoring to address further reactions.
At the Dialysis Unit, the Kidney Disease Specialist, Dr. Soccoh Kabia also briefed the team about the operations of the Unit, the challenges and appealed for support for an effective and efficient Dialysis Unit that would cater for the people of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Health Ministry, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman described the visit of the Belgian delegation to the Connaught hospital as timely and an opportunity address possible area of assistance.
She commended the Belgian Airline for their support throughout the Ebola outbreak in the country, adding that their visit to the hospital would help rebuild and strengthen the waste management and health sector of her ministry. She disclosed that the Health Ministry will present a proposal to the Belgian delegation geared towards building the human resource of the Ministry.