About eighty people in the Kandu Leppiama chiefdom in the Kenema district have received certificates after going through a training program provided by the District Health Management Team (DHMT) as Community Drug Distributors (CDC). The drugs are meant to cure and prevent blindness caused by onchocerciasis or river blindness.
In a ceremony held at the chiefdom headquarter town court bari of Levuma, the Paramount chief of Kandu Leppiama chiefdom PC Madam Teresa Vibbi in her welcome address thanked the sponsor Helen Keller International for the wonderful gesture extended to her chiefdom and advised the trainees including all and sundry in her chiefdom to put aside all other things especially politics and to work hand in glove so that the disease will be minimize or eradicated completely. She assured her audience that they are always ready to work positively with the district Health Management Team (DHMT) through their in charges who are currently working in her chiefdom.
In his keynote address the District Medical Officer Kenema Dr. Yankuba Madina Bah expressed his happiness because the community people are now ready to play a major role for themselves .He thanked the recipients and told them that as volunteers in their chiefdom it is a big challenge for them to make sure that they make their own little contribution to the eradication of the disease. He appealed to all in the chiefdom to embrace the program. He thanked the people of Kandu Leppiama chiefdom for their cooperation with the health personnel which he said should continue. He revealed that the entire program was sponsored by Helen Keller International through its implementing partners the District Health Management Team (DHMT) Kenema.
Other contributors at the ceremony included the President of Helen Keller International from New York, the country Director Helen Keller International, a representative from national Onchosiatiatice Programm Sheku Kamara and the in charge at Levuma town.