In an effort to ensure that the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) is sustained and eventually won, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio is currently on a nationwide distribution of essential items to help in the fight against the dreaded disease.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, this robust intervention is being made by the Office of the First Lady in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Sierra Leone.
In that direction, the First Lady Mrs. Fatima Bio in collaboration with the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing disclosed plans to distribute over seventy thousand face masks to players in the informal sector to mitigate the transmission of the virus.
Speaking at the launching of the National Food Basket Project in Freetown, Mrs. Fatima Bio expressed her profound commitments to reach out to market women, taxi and other drivers, motorbike – ‘okada’ and tricycle riders among other key players in the informal sector with well over seventy thousand face masks nationwide.
The First Lady explained that she and her husband President Julius Maada Bio recently went into fourteen days isolation, immediately after one of the presidential guards was tested positive for COVID-19.
She used the opportunity to implore all and sundry to be wearing masks on the faces of their children and to stop stigmatizing people in quarantine centers and to encourage and support those persons who have survived the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the National Food Basket Project, Mrs. Bio said funds for the implementation of the drive were mobilized directly from the JMB Women’s Wing Diaspora chapters, under the umbrella of the Sierra Leone People’s Party.
She encouraged all to distance the Food Basket Project from politics as it is meant for all Sierra Leoneans irrespective of different political ideologies.
She maintained that the food consignment include thousands of bags of rice, onions, sugar, which will be distributed nationwide to all households.