In his effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in his constituency, the Member of Parliament of constituency 105, in the east and central part of Freetown, Hon. Ibrahim ‘Prezo’ Kamara on Tuesday called on his constituents to alert health workers early, so that they can minimize the spread of the virus in the community and the country as a whole.
He made this call at the Ansarul Islamic Secondary School, Guard Street in Freetown, where the Minister of Youth Affairs, the Deputy Minister of Sports, the Presidential Adviser on Political and Social Affairs, Constituency 105 executive members, among others, were in attendance.
According to Hon. Ibrahim ‘Prezo’ Kamara, if health workers come to the aide of people fast for early treatment, it will increase the chances of survival for someone that has been infected with the Ebola virus.
He said the Mill Street and Guard Street communities are over-populated because of the influx of people coming to buy and sell at the market centre and thus vulnerable.
He added that most of those coming to buy and sell at the market are from other parts of the country that may have been hit by the Ebola virus.
He disclosed that for a start the 150 rubber buckets with taps donated to his constituents with chlorine will be placed at the entrance and exit points of the Guard Street market centre, every mosque and church in the constituency, every entry and exit point of all the streets in the constituency and the Police stations.
He said the importance of stationing the containers at those places is to encourage every constituent including visitors to develop hand washing habit because the Ebola virus will die immediately if the hands are washed with either chlorine or soap regularly, hence it has not yet entered the body.
He however called on all the constituents to properly handle the containers, so that they can achieve the fight against the Ebola virus.
The Minister of Youth Affairs, Alimamy Kamara said the Ebola virus has killed many people in the country including health workers and some people died because of denial that the disease does not exist.
He thanked the youths for their effort to desist from football matches, night clubs, bars, cinemas, Ataya bases, in adherence to the Public Health Emergency which is what is expected of them.
Ishmail Al-Sankoh Conteh the Deputy Minister of Sports said most herbalists have been claiming that they can cure the Ebola disease, which is misleading because even the health experts have accidentally died of it.
He added that this is one of the reasons for the fast spreading of the disease.
He said if anyone is seen vomiting and bleeding at the market centre, the traders should call on a 117 toll free line to communicate it with health workers.
Thursday August 28, 2014