SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
A civil society organization, Anti-Violence Movement of Sierra Leone, has urged the government and agencies to provide food and basic necessities for people in quarantined communities across the country.
More than 700 households have been placed under quarantine as a result of the deadly Ebola viral disease, with many complaining about the quantum and quality of foods supplied to them by the government and World Food Programme.
According to Bernard Conteh, the movement recognizes measures adopted by the government, including public health surveillance, isolation and quarantine, community hygiene and hospital infection control, decreased social mixing/increased social distance, closure of schools and the planned three-day lockdown, to stem the spread of the virus.
He said that because they work with young people, the onus is on them to ensure the latter are mindful of the dangers posed by the disease, and urged them to join hands in the fight.
“We are in total support of the three-day lockdown that was recently discussed and agreed by the government and its partners to contain the spread of the Ebola virus. We have observed that misconceptions, denial and lawlessness amongst certain facets of the society to accept and support these measures pose a threat to the containment of this outbreak and threaten the security of the state,” Conteh said.
He added that they are in total support of every move made to defeat the disease, and called on all Sierra Leoneans, especially young people, to support the process by remaining law abiding and to embark on neighbourhood watch as well as reporting all suspected cases and defaulters of the lockdown to the appropriate authorities.