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By Awareness Times News
Oct 5, 2010, 13:31



Traditional Healers Storm Hospital


Traditional Healers Association, led by Alhaji Dr. Sulaiman Kabbah last Tuesday made a familiarization tour of Freetown Government Hospitals. The purpose of the tour was to monitor the harsh hospital conditions patients are faced with in order to find ways of helping them through traditional treatment. Amongst the hospitals visited were the Kissy Mental Home, Ola During Children Hospital, the Prince Christian Maternity Hospital (Cottage) and the Connaught Hospitals in Freetown.


Lassa Fever Claims 2 in the North

The District Medical Officer Bombali , Dr. Yakuba M. Bah has reportedly disclosed that one  Kadiatu Bangura and her baby have died from Lassa fever disease recently. A cleaner attached at the Magbenteh Community Hospital who came in contact with the patients is said to have also contracted the disease and is currently being admitted at the Kenema Lassa Fever Hospital. Medical personnel, according to reports have expressed dismay over the discovery of the disease in the Northern Province. Lassa fever is mostly common in the Eastern Province.


 Cotton Trees to Cause Disaster


Local tabloids have revealed that most of the cotton trees in Freetown are too old and are likely to collapse and cause disaster. According to reports, a cotton tree at the Regent Road Lumley and the other by the Ministry of Defense at Soldier Town may likely fall and cause disaster. To avert these calamities, the people of those communities are said to have called on the Office of National Security (ONS) to act swiftly by cutting down those disaster-risk cotton trees.

Red Cross holds Annual Meeting


Reports have it that the Sierra Leone Red Cross over the weekend held two-day annual meeting at the Family Kingdom in Freetown. The meeting is held annually to deliberate on the achievements and challenges the organization is faced with and to make necessary amendments on areas that are affecting the SLRC and their international partners. Armed Robbers on the Rampage in Industrial Areas Reports have alleged that armed robbers last Tuesday night invaded the Tajco Group of Companies at Cline Town in Freetown. Reports alleged that the robbers gained access through the companies roofs and stole cartons of batteries, Saba soap powder and many other items worth million of Leones. On Friday, 1st October 2010, robbers are said to have also robbed the warehouse of the Saad Group of Companies in the same industrial area and goods worth Millions of Leones were carted away. Police have arrested nine persons suspected in this act as well as the vehicle in which the alleged loot was loaded. Investigations are ongoing.

7 Months Old Baby Missing

A 7- month old baby, Alimamy Mansaray is reported to have gone missing on the 28th September 2010 at Hastings Village in the Western Rural District. The baby-boy was reportedly left in the care of its sister, Monday Mansaray as the mother; Wutay Kamara went to the market to purchase food stuffs, while the father, Gbekie Gboa was asleep. According to reports, the sister also left the baby home and went to the nearby stream to fetch water. On her return, according to reports, she did not find the baby. The matter is currently being investigated by the police.

Deputy Speaker Awards 100 Scholarships


The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Victor Chukuma Johnson, of the APC and representative of Constituency 93, has reportedly awarded scholarship to 100 pupils of primary schools in Waterloo, the headquarter town of the Western Rural District. This offer was made in order to promote education for under privileged children in the community especially the girl-child. Hon. Johnson is reported as informing his audience that the scholarships were a clear manifestation of the APC determination to transform the educational system of the country into one that is robust and qualitative. 

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