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‘Put aside tradition to fight Ebola’

- Nigerian envoy tells Sierra Leoneans

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie 

Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has called on Sierra Leoneans to put aside their rich culture and tradition until the dreaded Ebola virus is defeated. The disease has hit every district across the country.

Her Excellency Gladys Modupe Quist-Adebiyi told stakeholders of the Bombali Descendents Association over the weekend in Makeni that the war to defeat the virus rests solely in the hands of citizens.

According to her, Nigeria and Sierra Leone share almost the same culture and tradition, but the former was able to break the chain of transmission within three months because they shelved aside tradition and adhered to messages from the government and health officials.

“The Ebola virus disease is a stranger and will go. Our tradition will remain with us forever,” the Nigerian envoy stated. “Ebola is in between our culture and tradition. Our culture is important to us but if we don’t kick out Ebola, it will kill us and our culture and tradition. Let me make it clear that Ebola is not a death sentence.”

She admonished Sierra Leoneans to desist from keeping sick people at home, but to rather take them to the hospital or health centers for early treatment to boost their chances of survival.

The top Nigerian diplomat in the country said her government has not been sleeping over the issue of Ebola in Sierra Leone as they were the first nation in the world to raise the sum of US$3.5 million in June to support the Ebola affected nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea before others responded.

She revealed that she had been doing her own bit to support less privileged and disabled persons during the crisis and assured that the sub-regional giant would continue to provide assistance to the country until Ebola is defeated.