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SLPP loses Kenema councillor to Ebola

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 By Ahmed J. Sheriff in Kenema

 

A councillor of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) representing Ward 30 in Kenema District, has reportedly died after a brief illness from the deadly Ebola virus.

Councillor Musa B. Vangahun was confirmed dead yesterday (11 September) at the Kenema Ebola Case Management Centre, one of two functional treatment centres in the country for hundreds of Ebola patients.

Reports in the epicentre town say many residents are shocked by the councillor’s death because he was pretty much agile even on the day he was diagnosed Ebola positive.

According to one of his colleagues, Councillor Mohamed Sesay, the late man was one of the most vibrant councillors in the district, and was always determined to advocate for his people.

“Councillor Vangahun made meaningful contributions during the last council meeting in August. He was diagnosed with Ebola and was later admitted at the Ebola Case Management Centre but died two days later. His death is a big loss to the people of Kenema and the entire district,” said Councillor Sesay.

He added: “He was very interested in promoting girl-child education in his Ward. Most often people came to him for help and he was such a generous man. He died in active service and I pray that God will grant him mercy where he is today.”

Meanwhile, family members of the deceased have been placed under surveillance for twenty-one days which, according to health officers, would help them identify anyone among his closest family members and friends who might have contracted the virus as a result of direct body interaction with the deceased.