A houseto-house Ebola sensitization undertaken by an entrepreneur madam Doris Kargbo, is yielding dividends as local residents in Buya Romende Chiefdom and its surrounding villages now believe that Ebola is real and has killed many of their natives.
Natives in Buya Romende were of the belief that people were dying in their chiefdom which they attributed to ‘witch craft’ but due to the sensitization done by Madam Doris Kargbo, the denial has been minimized and inhabitants are now abiding by what the Ministry of Health is telling them.
Buya Romende in Port Loko District, has the highest number of deaths and infected cases of Ebola in the Northern Region of Sierra Leone.
Madam Doris Kargbo who is the Proprietress of Upwards Sierra Leone Ltd, engaged in cassava production, processing and marketing, said that she is complementing Government’s efforts in sensitizing people to accept that the disease is real and can be prevented by doing what the Health Ministry is telling them; hand washing regularly , no body contact, taking sick people to the health centre and report all cases of deaths to the appropriate authorities before washing and burial.
She said as part of her sensitization campaign, she has given chlorine and plastic buckets fitted with taps to different households in the Chiefdom.
Madam Kargbo stated she has been personally funding the sensitization campaign because she has the people at heart and wants to see them healthy.
The proprietress said that a Task Force has been set up which comprises of the Paramount Chief, Member of Parliament, the District Medical Officer, Nurses, Traditional and Religious leaders to help with the sensitization and education.
She said the most important thing that came out of the sensitization was that people were in denial because of lack of knowledge about the disease and the fear that there is no treatment.
Madam Kargbo said because of her house-to house sensitization, people agreed to take their sick ones to the hospital and reports all deaths before burial and to also prevent themselves against the deadly disease.
By Abibatu Kamara
Thursday September 18, 2014