Residents in constituency 106 at the central part of Freetown are popularly using this slogan ‘kill Ebola before Ebola kills you’ to raise awareness to those who are in denial that the disease is not real.
The Member of Parliament of that Constituency, Ajibola Manley-Spaine, told his constituents that he has not come to talk about politics but about the Ebola virus that is killing people.
He added that the money given to them is to carry out awareness raising activities that is productive and can change people’s attitude and behaviour towards preventing the disease.
Manley-Spaine noted “we will kill Ebola if we go about doing the right thing, washing hands regularly and taking sick people to the hospital”.
He stated that before Government gave them the money he has already embarked on house-to house sensitization and has given protective gears to the Macauley Street Hospital in his constituency.
The Member of Parliament warned his people not to treat people who are sick of the disease at home but rather take them to the nearest health center within the constituency and also report any death to the appropriate authorities before burial.
The Registrar of Pharmacy Board, Wilshire Johnson, said Ebola has changed our culture, so therefore people should accept the situation and adhere to what the Ministry is telling them.
He called on the people to maintain personal hygiene by washing hands with soap and water instead of using chlorine, adding that the use of Chlorine is complex and is recommended to be used in hospitals and risky areas.
Johnson said Bitter Kola and alcohol are not remedy to treat Ebola and should not be taken.
One of the residents and also a Medical Doctor at the Moyamba Government Hospital, Dr Kwami Oniel, said that Sierra Leoneans need to come together as one to fight against the spread of the disease.
He said that the disease is killing the fabric of our society, as health workers are afraid to treat other people being afraid of the disease.
Deputy Minister of Sports, Al Sankoh Conteh explained about the economic, social and political impact the disease has had on the country with borders closing on us and airlines suspending their flights to the country.
Conteh called on the youths to be more proactive and engage in sensitizing people in their various communities using the correct messages.
Musu Sesay, a local resident called on women to take the lead role in the sensitization as they are “more affected and vulnerable”. She said the amount of women and children that have died from the disease is more than men.
Tuesday August 02, 2014