SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura
As part of local efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus in the country, Children of the Nation-Sierra Leone (COTN-SL), an international charitable organization working with orphans and destitute children based in Ngolala, Upper Banta Mokeleh Chiefdom in the Moyamba District, last week held a two-day training workshop on how to prevent the spread of the outbreak in that part of the country.
The sensitization targeted five sections in the Upper Banta Chiefdom – Mokeleh, Mogongbey, Songo, Kepay and Kenafallay – and another five in Lower Banta Chiefdom – Mosenesie Junction, Bumpewoi, Wubange, and Dodo sections.
Speaking during the training, Centre Supervisor Samuel Ngoneh said COTN/SL’s vision is to groom children to transform the nation into a developing state, with a mission to partner with individuals, groups, organizations, government and concern ministries, among others, to provide a holistic, Christ-centred care for orphans and destitute children with the enabling environment of positive and lasting change in the nation.
Ngoneh said that the Ebola epidemic, which broke out early this year in neighbouring Guinea, is gradually destroying lives in the West Africa sub-region, thousands already infected, given reason to the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it as a level three (3) emergency disease in West Africa.
He disclosed that they have trained their staff, students and community members on the prevention of Ebola, and distributed buckets, chlorine and rubbing alcohol as part of their contribution to fight against the disease.
Also speaking, Community Health Assistant for Children of the Nations Sierra Leone, Alusine Navo, said they are currently providing care for 402 children in their operational chiefdom, and urged all present to avoid body contact and adhere to health advisory given by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for their safety.