Staff of the Eastern Regional office of the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLPMC) in Kenema city in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Government of Sierra Leone and Development partners on Monday 21st July 2014 embarked on Ebola sensitization drive of its farmers and the community in Kenema city.
The team on the street to street campaign, took off from their regional offices at 88 Hangha Road in the city, calling on their farmers and the public to take precaution. The team members were dressed in their aprons marked ‘Ebola is real’, ‘Ebola has no cure or vaccine’ and ‘Ebola can be prevented’ paraded the streets of Kenema.
They carried chlorine water in buckets allowing people to wash their hands, while using megaphones and distributing ICT materials to their farmers and the general public.
Some of the key messages they were preaching include ‘Ebola is a severe infectious disease that kills but can be prevented’. ‘Go to a health facility immediately if you have a sudden fever or diarrhea or vomiting or you have recently come into direct contact with wounds or body fluids of an infected person’. ‘Ebola treatment is free in all government health facilities’. ‘Help prevent Ebola by reporting all suspected cases immediately to the nearest health facilities’. ‘Avoid eating fruits that’s bats or wild animals have partly eaten and do not eat any animals found dead’. ‘The body of someone who has died from Ebola is infectious. if someone has died from suspected Ebola, do not wash their body, limit unnecessary handling and alert a health worker immediately’.
Speaking to his audience and the media, the regional manager east of SLPMC, Abdul Razac Kabba, says since 2011 the government of Sierra Leone transferred the function of Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (SLPMB) to the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLPMC) and that they buy and export cocoa, coffee, rice, palm oil and many others produce in the country. He disclosed that they have regional offices in Makeni for the North, Bo for the South, Kenema for the East and the headquarter office in Freetown, headed by Henry Yamba Kamara as Managing Director.
He says they have plans to extend the sensitization to their farmers out of Kenema city to Kono and Kailahun districts. The regional Manager pointed out there the health of their farmers is of outmost priority and that they will do everything possible in meeting them. He called on other partners to join the train in sensitizing the community of Ebola epidemic, adding the life of any one lost as a result of Ebola, is a disaster for the nation.
By Saffa Moriba
Tuesday July 22, 2014