The authorities and indigenes of Kailahun District have expressed their total disappointment over the manner in which they have been neglected by politicians, especially their own members of parliament at the moment of the Ebola outbreak when their presence was highly needed.
This and other ill feelings were expressed to Awoko in interviews conducted yesterday within the Kailahun Township.
Kailahun District which is situated in the Eastern Region of the country has 14 (fourteen) chiefdoms with eight Members of Parliament representing the two leading political parties in the country
The Town Chief of Kailahun, Alpha Ndoleh described the visit of the political parties some weeks back as insignificant and provoking to the affected communities as it created no positive impact towards the fight against the diseases.
He told Awoko that the representatives from various political parties spent less than an hour in Kailahun Town without even visiting the most affected communities or making necessary donations like medical equipment or foods, and enforcing the Ebola prevention message as they are opinion leaders.
He noted that the reality of the Ebola outbreak is very evident and one which virtually everybody in the Township is aware of. “If parliamentarians had spent several resources and months in the interiors begging for votes, what was wrong for them to have stayed around and take the lead in the prevention campaign” he lamented.
The Information Education and Communications Officer of the Kailahun District Council, Fayia Ngayenga described the attitude of the parliamentarians to be selfish, alleging that immediately after their return they went on radio stations in Kenema and Freetown “making all sorts of noise” as if they did good to the affected communities.
The townships of Daru, Ggolahun and Njala now remain to be the hot spots for the Ebola outbreak as the District Medical Officer of Kailahun, James Squire confirmed that the three areas have recorded the highest cases in recent time.
By Keifa M. Jaward in Kailahun
Wednesday July 16, 2014