Well known entertainer, Desmond Benya and his group have joined ranks with government, the people of Sierra Leone and the world community to fight the Ebola Virus Disease to ensure it is eradicated from the face of the country.
He told AWOKO in an interview that six members of his group have received training on various aspects of messaging ranging from mode of transmission of the virus to the use of chlorine, soap and water by the Pharmacy Board to enable them sensitize their audiences wherever they go.
He disclosed that he and his team have embarked on mass awareness-raising and sensitization campaign over four months now and described their efforts as “successful”.
“We use comedy and stories that our audiences can easily relate with to raise awareness and sensitize our audiences about the Ebola virus, its mode of transmission and how to prevent infection,” Benya stated.
Desmond Benya disclosed that they have been performing in public places such as the PZ Roundabouts, the Lumley Roundabouts, and Shell, now Safecon petrol station, performing short plays and using comedy to send anti Ebola messages.
“We use the lingua-franca and other common languages to tell our messages and since we started the campaign, people have been receptive of our contributions and we observe that the messages do sink in them,” Benya maintained.
He went on to applaud efforts made by government, health workers, civil society organizations, the media and donor partners towards the eradication of the Ebola menace noting that Ebola has declared war on the country and therefore behoves every citizen to join ranks with government to fight it back to ensure national victory.
He paid tribute to the Pharmacy Board Sierra Leone, NASSIT and LEOCEM for their support to his cause to educate the people of Sierra Leone on how to contain and eradicate the Ebola virus from the country.
“Ebola is a common enemy. As we can see, it has put a knife to all of those our customs and traditions and we are no longer ourselves. Therefore, as Sierra Leoneans, we must come together with all our might; meaning by using al means available to us including being respectful of the law and adhering to the prevention models stated by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation,” Benya appealed.
Tuesday September 23, 2014