The Paramount Chief of Jawei chiefdom in the Kailahun district, PC Musa Ngombugla Kallon has issued stern warning to motorbike riders to desist from transporting Ebola suspects from one place to another in the Kailahun district.
Addressing his subjects at the Native Administrative court barray in Daru town, the Paramount Chief stated that anyone caught or reported as contravening or haven contravened this warning which he said is part of the chiefdom’s new bye-laws would be punished severely.
PC Kallon said authorities in the chiefdom have long discovered that motorbike riders have been in the habit of conveying persons suspected as carrying the Ebola virus from his chiefdom to other places within the district, causing the widespread in and around the chiefdom. PC Gombugla therefore warn all and sundry to stop the practice forthwith and encouraged all to be each other’s keeper as a panacea to containing the virus. He said the riders are exposing themselves to the risk of contracting the virus thus exposing the wider community as well being that they are not protecting themselves in anyway whatsoever.
He disclosed that a bike rider by the name of Amara Kanneh who was caught transporting an Ebola suspect from Jawei to Kailahun town, has been arrested and his bike confiscated and ordered to stay at home for twenty one days which is said to be the incubation period for Ebola suspects to show signs of sickness.
The Paramount Chief praised the leadership shown by President Ernest Bai Koroma so far in the fight against the Ebola virus.
He called on his people to adhere to the President’s instructions and engender the collective spirit of commitment and determination to eliminate the virus from the face of the country. He affirmed to the people that Ebola in Sierra Leone is real and it kills if suspects are hidden. He said those who hide Ebola suspects are sinners in that they will contract the virus in the process, spread it out unknowingly and cause the death of the suspects they hide.
He said the President declaration of a state of public health emergency was aimed at nothing order than to contain and eliminate the virus.
PC Kallon also took a swipe at traders in his chiefdom who have increased prices of goods and other essential commodities. He told them that profiteering at this time when the whole country is pensive on how to eliminate a national scourge is not only criminal but sinful. He warned traders to stop and not to add more pain and anguish to the already dreadful situation of the people.
The Town Speaker of Daru, Chief Samai Gbao disclosed that a committee including key stakeholders in the chiefdom will soon be formed to set out bye-laws for the chiefdom relating to the Ebola fight.
Chief Samai revealed that the bye laws will include restrictions on providing of shelter to strangers and to report all sick persons to the nearest health facility. Failure to comply with any of the bye-laws, the Speaker maintained, will attract stiff fines and tough punishments of violators.
By Saffa Moriba
Thursday August 14, 2014