Nurses attached to the Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) at Giema village, Dama Chiefdom Kenema district, have raised concern about their safety as health workers at this time of the Ebola epidemic in the country.
They complained that they are not protected at the health center since one Ebola patient was taken to the Giema health center for medical attention.
Putting their concerns to Member of Parliament for Constituency 018 in Kenema district, Hon. Ibrahim Lansana Kemokai and other Chiefdom elders at the Giema Dama Court Barry, the Nurse-in-charge of the Giema PHU, Gitta Kallon and Fanta Kamara informed the gathering that their urgent need at the moment is that they want the District Health Management Team (DHMT) fumigate the health center, especially the room where the Ebola patient discharged fluids.
The nurses explained that they are not comfortable working at the health center at the moment, until it is properly fumigated.
Nurse Gitta Kallon pointed they want the intervention of stakeholders including the MP for their concerns to be addressed.
In his statement, Hon. Kemokai told the nurses that their concern and those that have been quarantined have reached him as their representative, and assured that it will be communicated to the Kenema District Ebola Task Force Committee for immediate action.
He emphasized that “Ebola is real” and called on all and sundry to be very careful in dealing with contacts.
The people of Giema also called on the government to provide additional security for proper monitoring of the quarantine facility, while urging the intervention of other partners for an immediate action in the provision of food items to quarantined homes.
By Saffa Moriba
Tuesday August 02, 2014