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CO bans periodic market in Kambia

April 29, 2015 By Victoria Saffa

Commanding Officer (CO) of the military battalion in Kambia District, Lieutenant Colonel Briwa Conteh, has banned the weekly periodic ‘luma’ market at Barmoi town in the Kambia district after some quarantined residents disarmed a soldier who was deployed to guard their residence.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Conteh, Kambia district continues to record new Ebola cases because of recalcitrance by some residence, adding that most of the cases were coming from Barmoi and the Gbalamuya border post, with both localities hosting weekly ‘lumas’.

The commanding officer further explained that he had put in place strict measures at Barmoi and that soldiers have been deployed in the entire chiefdom to enforce the measures, which include a ban on the popular ‘luma’.

District Ebola Response Centre (DERC) Officer in Kambia district, Dr. Alfred Kamara, confirmed the district is still reporting positive cases, although there are structures and resources to end the Ebola virus in the area.

He added though that measures announced by the president curtailing public gathering are not being respected in Kambia as residents would be seen going about their normal business at night.