SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura
Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 071 – Ngalu Bagwe, Konbomya and Badjai chiefdoms – in Bo District over the weekend joined a team from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and paramount chiefs from the aforementioned chiefdoms to sensitise constituents on the Ebola disease.
The event, which was held at the Roman Catholic Primary School in Mendewa, Bagbwe Chiefdom, attracted local dignitaries and stakeholders.
Hon. Frank Kposowa thanked local dignitaries for attending the event and commended the proactive move of paramount chiefs, section chiefs and youth in the three chiefdoms for their collective efforts to eradicating the disease from the district.
The opposition lawmaker said that since the start of the outbreak in May, the three chiefdoms have not recorded any positive case, and prayed that they remain so. He disclosed that paramount chiefs have been mandated by government not to allow strangers to bury Ebola corpses in towns, villages and cities without informing the appropriate authorities about it.
Hon. Kposowa said government has provided funds (Le62 million) to parliamentarians to enable them sensitise their constituents about the dangers of the virus in the country.
He also warned his people to stop riding commercial motorbikes (okadas) after 7:00pm in compliance with public emergency measures prescribed by President Ernest Koroma, as well as to observe the ban on football games, secret society gatherings, adding that the authorities will take serious action against anyone who is caught violating the regulations.
Health facilitator, Kekura Macavoray, said Ebola is real and kills although sadly some people are still in the habit of making fun about the disease and denying its existence.