The Resident Minister North, Alie D. Kamara has reliably informed Awoko Newspaper of plans by government to construct an Ebola treatment centre in Makeni to support the existing holding centres in the north.
In an exclusive interview, the Resident Minister explained government’s effort to contain the spread of the virus that his ravaging parts of the country. He said that Makeni is currently having “a reduced infection rate” since the first confirmed case in the district in early August. He said the District Health Management Team, his office and other health partners including civil society groups have formed a task force to support government with its grand social mobilization and surveillance mechanisms.
The Resident Minister said there was conflicting information from many quarters in the district about the existence of the virus but that the task force has moved in to give the people the true picture of the state of the Ebola outbreak with facts and figures. He said all confirmed cases in the district and the North in general would be referred to the Makeni treatment center in due course rather than taking them all the way to Kenema or Kailahun.
The Resident Minister called on Northerners and Sierra Leoneans in general to join the Health Ministry and government in fighting the dreadful Ebola virus because the disease, according to him, is not a respecter of persons, tribe, colour, religion, party or status in society. He said the fight requires total commitment and collaboration, pointing out that he is certain that the fight will be successful.
Chairman Civil Society Coalition for Peace and Development, Brima Jalloh said the new treatment center will be located in the outskirts of Makeni to maintain its isolated nature and a bid to ensure that the spread of the virus through contact with treated persons is curtailed.
Brima Jalloh described government’s moves in constructing new Ebola treatment center in Makeni as good initiative as patients would have access to their families and friends while taking their treatments. He said the Makeni center will help reduce the overloading of the centers in Kenema and Kailahun.
By Mohamed Kabba
Friday August 08, 2014