The on-going Ebola sensitization programme organized in various constituencies is presently saturated in Biriwa and Safroko Chiefdoms in Bombali District, where the Parliamentary representative in those chiefdoms, Hon. Albert Deen Kamara has mobilized stakeholders to educate hundreds of electorates on Ebola prevention.
Even though the two chiefdoms, situated in constituency 034 have not had a case of Ebola, but considering the unprecedented nature in which the disease is spreading, the MP has deemed it important to keep his constituents safe from one of the world’s most dreadful disease.
Residents of both chiefdoms were fascinated with the mobilization of chiefdom and political stakeholders at the Babangida Hall in the township of Binkolo, who were all brought on-board the bandwagon to strengthen the belief in the existence of Ebola and urged people to keep safe, especially by maintaining the “don’t touch” slogan.
Being a health-related sensitization campaign, and observing the existence of health emergency in the country at the moment, the MP also mobilized health workers, Paramount chiefs, section chiefs, councillors, market women, bike riders, security personnel, among others in a bid to achieve the desired objective of the campaign.
Hon. Albert Deen Kamara, who also served as chairman remarked that “it is no secret now that the dreaded Ebola virus has invaded some parts of the district, claiming the lives of people and posing threats to the lives of others”.
“Our common enemy number one now is Ebola, which we must all try to kick out of Sierra Leone. Ebola has the potential to derail our development aspirations that is already on-going under the Agenda for Prosperity. Your duty is to report any sign of Ebola to the health facility,” the MP warned.
He encouraged religious leaders to utilize their platforms to preach to their congregations about the dangers of the Ebola virus at least twice a week, in order to assist in the dissemination of vital information about the disease.
The Community Health Officer (CHO) at Kamabai, Abdul Karim Kamara, said that in just four days, seven deaths were reported in Bombali District, which included two health workers who were confirmed to have died of the Ebola viral disease (EVD) at the Kenema Government Hospital.
He said the spate at which the virus is spreading in the district is worrisome and posed a risk to especially health workers who are the front soldiers in the fight against the disease.
He said stakeholders have a critical role to play to prevent further deaths in their communities.
He added that the Ebola virus can be prevented by avoiding direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person such as blood, saliva, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, stool, vomit, and to avoid eating bush meat and dead animals such as monkeys, chimpanzees and bats and also fruits that have been partly eaten by these animals.
He said a person only has a chance to survive, when early signs of Ebola are immediately reported to the health facility, and that many people have survived the virus, when they sought early treatment at the hospital.
Paramount Chief of Safroko, P.C. Alimamy Dura Sesay III, said that government has instructed them to adopt bye-laws which are binding on all locals. He warned that any contravention of those laws will meet with stiff penalties.
He said secret society initiations, the riding of motor bikes after 7pm, gatherings at cinemas, football fields or any other places, were henceforth prohibited. He also added that whosoever harbours or prevents an Ebola-infected person from going to the hospital, will face the full force of the law.
The programme was climaxed by donation of tap buckets with chlorine by the National Youth Commission with support from PLAN Sierra Leone to all sections in both chiefdoms.
By Poindexter Sama
Friday August 29, 2014