Bermuda Red Cross Launch Ebola Appeal

October 24, 2014

The Bermuda Red Cross has launched a cash appeal to support the communities involved in the Ebola outbreak.

According to the World Health Organization, as of 22 October 2014, “the number of total cases stands at 9936 total cases, with 4877 deaths. Cases continue to increase exponentially in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone; the situation in these countries remains of great concern.”

A statement from the Bermuda Red Cross said, “Red Cross is working across all countries affected by Ebola – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. In Sierra Leone, Red Cross staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to fight the disease. The response is focused on five core elements:

  • Raising awareness of the disease
  • Finding people who have come into contact with Ebola so they can be tested for the disease and quarantined if necessary
  • Treating patients
  • Safely burying Ebola’s victims working with communities and survivors to reduce stigma.

“A new Ebola treatment centre has just been opened by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [IFRC] on the outskirts of Kenema city, one of the epicentres of the outbreak in Sierra Leone.

“The centre can accommodate 60 patients and is staffed by 19 international workers and 80 national employees. Support from donors has enabled the Red Cross to open the centre, which is due to operate for one year. However, there is currently not enough funding to ensure it stays open for one year.

Additional funds are also required to support the deployment of more health-care workers, as well as the tools, supplies and equipment needed to carry out treatment.

Donations can be made by direct deposit into the following account:

  • Bank of N.T. Butterfield 20-006-060-365472-200
  • Or call 236-8253 with debit/credit card details
  • Or by mail to: Bermuda Red Cross, Ebola Outbreak Appeal Fund, Charleswood, 9 Berry Hill Road, Paget DV 03

The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment said they are currently in the process of drafting formal guidelines regarding travel to Bermuda from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak.

The Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy said: “Whilst there are no direct commercial flights to Bermuda from Ebola affected countries and there is a level of pre-vetting of passengers transiting through the UK, US or Canada, the Ministry of Home Affairs is of the opinion that it may be prudent to increase our procedures to protect public health.”

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  1. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Ah HELLO! New York City has a confirmed case of Ebola at their hospital as of this morning Mr. Fahy. I would urge the government here to NOT rely on US authorities to screen passengers that eventually arrive to our shores and do your OWN temperature screenings on arrival to Bermuda. Set up a team with temperature guns at your own ports of entry. I am not a scaremongerer…IT IS COMMON SENSE PEOPLE! Pledge donations to the RED CROSS if you can afford to. Be proactive Bermuda and not reactive!! It may save some lives.

  2. John doe says:

    Im not tryna be rude but what if ebola makes it to bermy then what. Who gonna offer bermuda money for the cases here. Ill keep my money for a ebola day

  3. jess says:

    what???? …you need to do more research.
    Essentially, the nurse from Ghana claims that the very vaccine injected to people to prevent the spread of the virus is in reality the means of spreading the disease. And the whole scheme is being orchestrated by the U.S. – the Red Cross its “accomplice” – to cover up its goal of taking over the diamonds of Sierra Leone and the prosperous Nigerian oil.
    According to the nurse, U.S. wants to stop the protests conducted by the diamond miners in Sierra Leone. The miners were allegedly protesting against “cheap slave labour forever.” The region is said to be the “world’s largest supplier of diamonds.” An Ebola outbreak is the most valid reason for U.S. to send in its troops, the nurse alleged.

  4. sebring says:

    For those of you that have contact with the black mayors that are not coming from africa why not suggest they donate the large amount of monies they were to spend here to the red cross of their own countries!The lady and local corporation have done a great job in naming the countries that one should avoid giving hand outs too!jett setting Black Mayors People are dying!!! Ebola is a global !