SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
With funds from the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteer (SLSAV) has concluded a day’s sensitization meeting with residents of Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom in the Port Loko District on ways to avoid contracting the Ebola virus.
The meeting, held at the Kaffu Bullom Community Centre at Masoila, attracted over one hundred participants including the chiefdom speaker, the ward councillor, village headmen and other community stakeholders.
Speaking at the meeting, the organization’s director, Alfred Alex Jatta Dumbuya, said they have been promoting hygiene and sanitation in schools and communities in the Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom for the past three years.
He said the Ebola virus is ravaging almost every part of the country because of poor hygiene, and noted the billions of Leones being spent by the government and civil society organizations to combat the spread of the disease.
He urged people to report all suspected cases of Ebola to government hospitals and clinics, and to wash their hands with soap and water at all times to prevent themselves from contracting the disease.
“The Ebola viral disease has affected Port Loko District seriously. The funds my organization is using to sensitize on Ebola are that of the Wash Project which is being funded by UNICEF. We will ensure that the virus does not affect the chiefdom,” he said.
Dumbuya disclosed that his organization has succeeded in purchasing two big drums, buckets, soap and chlorine, as well as printing two thousand hand bills with Ebola messages – all to be placed in market places, Ataya bases, health centres, mosques, churches and public fields.
Also speaking, Chiefdom Speaker Maylie Kamara commended SLSAV for educating residents of the chiefdom on sanitation and hygiene for the past three years, noting: “One of the preventive methods from contracting the Ebola virus is hand washing.”
He advised his people to always use the preventive measures given to them by health officials in order not to contract the disease, while stating that the Ebola epidemic has crippled the country’s economy.