The Minister of Local Government Diana Kabba has expressed disgust and frustration at the ineptitude and sheer display of complacency in the ongoing fight to contain and eradicate the deadly Ebola virus and disease in the country.
She made these comments during her one-day visit to the district to donate rice and other food condiments to people in quarantined houses in the district on Monday, 25th August, 2014.
Describing Bombali district as “the seat of power” Bombali district should have been at the fore front of vigilance and prevention against the virus than any other district in the country, given that “this is where the President comes from,” she noted.
Minister Diana Kabba also describe as ‘appalling” warned that if the authorities on the ground do not put their shoulders to the wheel, the district will turn into “another epicenter of the Ebola virus and disease where others would have succeeded,” she stated.
Mrs. Diana Kabba said the sight of it in Bombali is “a disgrace” that people quarantined are left to roam the streets, go to markets and other public places unchecked. “This is an embarrassment to government that where the President hails from is where people are mostly disregarding safety and prevention measures.
She therefore called on the people with conscience to rise up against a deliberate attempt at putting the lives of people at risk of the highest degree. She said Paramount Chiefs, councilors, politicians, youth and women should stand up to say “no” to those perpetuating this act of wickedness, she called.
She urged the people of Bombali to follow the example set by their neighbors to fight the Ebola virus and disease with unity and commitment. She therefore pledged Le 10, 000, 000 (ten million Leones) to the Ebola Trust Fund.
The Mayor of Makeni Municipality Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara said the fight against Ebola requires the prompting of attitudes and stressed the need for the stringent application of bye-laws. She disclosed that since the establishment of the bye-laws there has not been any reported suspected case where strangers are known to have been lodged.
The Mayor emphasized that until attitudes and mindsets about Ebola are changed, the fight against The Ebola virus will remain a challenge for the country for a long time to come.
Bombali District Council Chairman, John Shanghai Koroma said Ebola is not only targeting the health sector but people in all sectors including farmers, rich people, politicians and labourers, which he said as a result is having huge toll on the economy of the country. He said success over the Ebola virus requires total support, cooperation, commitment and sacrifice of all and sundry regardless of status and political inclination. “This is a war that has been declared against the whole of Sierra Leone and her citizens. All of us should come together as a people, as a nation to fight and ensure our collective victory,” Chairman Koroma called, adding, “if we fail to come together against Ebola, Ebola will come together against all of us.” He appealed for a change of attitude towards the virus and to stop the denial of the existence of the virus. ‘Ebola is real. It is here with us and it is dangerous,” he asserted.
The Resident Minister North Alie D. Kamara expressed his gratitude to the Bombali Descendants Union for their instrumental supports towards the fight in the district, pointing that the Paramount Chiefs of Koinadugu and Kambia districts have been very vital in the dissemination of news about the Ebola virus to their people.
The District Medical Officer, Dr. Tom Sesay said the virus is spreading in the district ‘exponentially” since the first case sometime last month. He said they have a functional Isolation Unit at the Makeni Government Hospital currently holding four suspected people whose blood sample test results are being awaited.
By Mohamed Kabba
Tuesday August 26, 2014