Government yesterday Wednesday declared a health security emergency on Kailahun District closing all schools, as it moves to put measures in place to address the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the district.
According to a release issued by the Government spokesman’s office, all vehicles and passengers entering and leaving Kailahun district must be subject to thorough screening by appropriate authorities at various check points. All schools in the district are declared closed, and that the Ministry of Education is to make proper arrangements with the West African Examinations Council, for those students slated to take the National Basic Education Examinations (BECE) to take the exams at a later date.
This according to the release is to minimize the risk of transmission from person to person.
All public gatherings, including cinemas, cultural activities and night clubs in Kailahun have been banned, and the general public is asked to report to health authorities any person or stranger with symptoms of the Ebola virus in their respective communities for appropriate professional health interventions. All local and cross- border trade fairs (Lumors) are temporarily closed until such time when the Ebola virus would have been contained.
Also all deaths across the country must be reported and certified by a health professional before burial at place of occurrence under the supervision of health personnel in the community.
By Ade Campbell
Thursday June 12, 2014