As part of their own contribution towards the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic in the country, the G2G Empowerment Movement (GEM) yesterday concluded a two-day Ebola sensitization workshop for over 45 girls at the organization’s office at Dundas Street.
The sensitization was attended by girls’ participants from the four communities that GEM operates including Waterloo, Red Pump, Grey Bush and Brookfields.
According to the Project Coordinator of GEM, Zara Mahdi, the Movement is a community-based organization, equip young girls who are at risk, the skills to empower advocate in their communities against teenage pregnancy, female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Gender- based violence, adding that the approach is to enable the silent voice to be heard and protect against sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Project Coordinator disclosed that they decided to engage on Ebola sensitization at this particular time as a means of education and empowerment, so that they can be leaders in their various communities as there are different messages on Ebola going round, since schools are not going on at the moment they can target their peer groups and explain the issue of Ebola to them which is very vital, disclosing that they are presently operating in four communities including Waterloo, Red Pump, Grey Bush and Brookfields as they are operating with funds FOWARD based in the United Kingdom.
Sensitizing the girls on the Ebola epidemic, the Nurse in Charge at the Adonkia medical post, Veronica Konneh, emphasized on the use of the thermometer which is commonly use to check temperature throughout the country, stating that it is used to determine the base line temperature of a patient which people should not be afraid of, as that is not enough to diagnose someone of having Ebola.
She admonished the girls to desist from touching each other, as they should serve as examples in the various communities where they should be seen engaging people on the issue of Ebola and that they must abide by the rules and regulations covering the epidemic, explaining that psychological effect has a lot to do with the survival of Ebola victims who normally believe they will die of the virus.
Nurse Veronica maintained that people must ensure they listen to the advice from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Ebola and to report any suspected case of Ebola within their communities to the nearest health Centre and that for the time being people should abstain from having sexual intercourse which is very risky in terms of Ebola transmission, as she frowned at the chewing of bitter cola which have a negative impact on the users as it does not in any way cure Ebola.
The Sensitization exercise was complemented by a short film showing how carrying vital information about the prevention of the deadly Ebola disease from which the girls were given the opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the message.
Jane Theresa Wright, one of the beneficiaries from the Sensitization workshop, expressed thanks and appreciation to GEM for the timely intervention into their lives at this particular time, as they can now comfortably replicate the message to their family members and community people for the betterment of all in the country, towards the fight against Ebola, adding that with the new ideas gained in the workshop, most of them that were denying about the disease have now come to the realization that Ebola is real and deadly.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Thursday September 04, 2014