The Resident Minister-East, Maya Moiwo Kaikai, in the midst of other district stakeholders has doled out ten million Leones (Le 10,000,000) to Kono district, as support towards sensitization on the Ebola Virus.
The Minister’s delegation comprised of the Chairman of Kenema District Ebola Task Force, Bunting Grading, who doubles as the Regional head of the Office of ONS, the Provincial Secretary, George Penyikie and the Paramount Chief of Koya Chiefdom, PC Al- Ameen Kanneh. They were all part of the sensitization team that visited the Kono district to enforce the President’s call to eradicate Ebola.
The Minister shared information on Ebola with Kono stakeholders and gave them more support so that they can provide the needed political leadership in fighting the disease.
Addressing stakeholders at the Koidu New Sembehun City Council Hall, the resident minister said that they were overwhelmed with the warm reception they got from the people of Kono, and encouraged them to keep safe in the wake of the outbreak.
He said that the fight against Ebola requires the involvement of everyone and that Kono District Task Force must always be alert in fighting the war.
He added that Ebola can be prevented by avoiding direct contact with the sick and that many have survived the virus because of early report to treatment centers.
He disclosed to the people of Kono that the virus can still exist in the semen and breast milk of a survivor for up to 90 days.
The Resident Minister said that he was more concerned about putting in place radical and robust measures to prevent Ebola from going on the rampage in the district.
One such step, the Minister mentioned, was the ban on all night travels to and from other districts.
According to him, such move is to prevent Ebola infected persons from entering the District, as Kono shares borders with affected districts like Kenema, Kailahun and others in the Northern Region.
He revealed that many infected people are traveling now at night just to dodge security measures put in place by the government.
He said that another measure taken to combat the disease is a mandate given to the District Health Management Team (DHMT) and the District Ebola Task Force to ensure that no Pharmacy or Clinic admit or treats any sick person; and instead should refer them to the Government Hospital.
He urged Non-Governmental Organizations, Ministries, Departments and Agencies to support the District Ebola Task Force in the provision of Vehicles, financial assistance and other logistics to fight the Ebola war in the district.
The Minister said there should be political will and leadership to fight Ebola, which, according to him, has been providing since his appointment as minister in the region.
He called on Kono chiefs and Members of Parliament, heads of the councils and other stakeholders in the district to demonstrate such leadership role.
He pledged the ten million Leones as his personal contribution to the Kono District Ebola Task Force, saying, ” we all have to make sacrifice if we want to succeed in the fight against Ebola”.
In his contribution, the Regional head of the Office of National Security (ONS) Bunting Grading expressed his appreciation to the Kono authorities for an already existing structure to fight Ebola in the district.
He said efforts in the fight against Ebola should be diversified and properly coordinated in a bid to avoid duplication.
He called on the Kono Task Force to be meeting on a daily basis to discuss issues pertinent to development and health.
By Saffa Moriba
Friday September 05, 2014