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Bad roads hamper Ebola fight in Kenema and Kailahun

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 By Ahmed J. Sheriff in Kenema

 

Communications Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has said in Kenema that one of the greatest impediments in the fight against the Ebola pandemic is bad roads in Kenema and Kailahun, the epicenter districts.

Patrick Massaquoi said his organization is finding it difficult to access villages to contact affected persons and supply essential commodities.

He said the SLRCS has embarked on social mobilization, house-to-house sensitization, contact tracing of suspected persons, case management and psychosocial support, adding that they have also recruited 200 personnel who will soon be provided with personal protective equipment to continue their humanitarian work.

Massaquoi noted that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has also entrusted the responsibility of collecting corpses of probable Ebola victims in both epicenter districts to the local Red Cross.

“We are working in collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross and very soon we will establish a Case Management Centre some few miles away from the township of Kenema.  I am sure within few days the treatment centre would have been relocated from the Kenema government hospital, this will help us a lot to contain the disease,” he said.