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SOS Bo concludes 2nd phase Ebola sensitization

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura

Health workers in protective clothing wait in an emergency ward as preparation for receiving any emergency Ebola patients. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Health workers in protective clothing wait in an emergency ward as preparation for receiving any emergency Ebola patients. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

The Food Security and Family Strengthening Program of the Social Organization Society (SOS) has concluded the second phase of their Ebola virus sensitization at the Ansarul Islamic Primary School, New London section in Bo, southern Sierra Leone.

The occasion attracted SOS family participants and dignitaries from New London, Kandeh Town, Njaigboima and Nikibu sections in Bo.

Addressing participants, National Director of SOS, Olatungi Woode, said the SOS Children’s Village had donated bags of rice, nutritious food and other items to Kenema and Kailahun districts in the eastern and southern regions respectively, to complement government’s effort in containing the Ebola outbreak in the country.

He revealed that their donors are primarily concerned and focused on SOS children and family members, and staff nationwide, the reason they had provided emergency support to them.

He said 165 children have been orphaned by the outbreak, thus the SOS Village saw the need to urge government to pay urgent attention and to take immediate action. He said they had made several visits to quarantined communities in Kenema to assess the current situation and status.

Also speaking, Coordinator of Food Security and Family Strengthening Program, Solomon Fobbie Kappia, said Ebola is real and kills and that although the fatality rate is high, yet can be cured and is preventable.

He cautioned participants to avoid body contact, urine, sucking of women’s breast and eating of bush meat to avoid contracting the disease, noting that family members too should be careful of their status and frequently check their temperature level.