March 5, 2015 By Solomon Yarjoh
Fambul Tok Peace Mothers in Libeisaygahun Chiefdom, Bombali District continue to complement the national effort to eradicate the Ebola disease in the country by engaging in house-to-house visits to ensure the disease does not enter their chiefdom.
Surrounded by a number of Ebola affected chiefdoms including Gbendembu Ngowahun, Sanda Tendaren and Makari Gbanti, Libeisaygahun is the only chiefdom that is yet to record a single case of Ebola due to the efforts of the Peace Mothers in collaboration with community members.
Explaining their success story, Chairlady of Peace Mothers in Batkanu Section, Ella Sesay, said before the outbreak of the disease sick people were taken to the chiefdom headquarter town of Batkanu for proper health care.
She said when the surrounding chiefdoms were affected by Ebola, the Peace Mothers – in collaboration with other stakeholders – quickly mobilized local resources and deployed youths in different locations across the chiefdom to monitor the movement of people, including reporting any case of sickness.
Madam Sesay explained that with the provision of soap, posters, T-shirts, megaphones and other information materials to the Peace Mothers in the chiefdom, they were able to visit several villages to sensitize community members on how to protect themselves from contracting the Ebola virus, through simple hand washing techniques.
She said each household was provided with a pack of soap and posters.
She disclosed that hand washing and other precautionary measures continue to help community members not to contract the disease, thus not a single case of Ebola has been reported in the chiefdom.
Madam Sesay admonished people to wash their hands regularly so as not to contract the deadly virus.
Other precautionary measures she highlighted include: calling 117 in case someone falls ill, avoid body contact, and don’t touch or wash dead bodies.
The Peace Mothers also called on other organizations to help women in post-Ebola activities as they have suffered either directly or indirectly from the disease.
Meanwhile, the women are also embarking on agricultural activities as a means to support their livelihood in the chiefdom.