By Ibrahim Tarawallie
In a bid to fight the Ebola epidemic in the country, Street Child Sierra Leone on Saturday, 9 August, donated buckets they branded as “fight against Ebola kits” to 40 communities in the Western Area.
The donation targeted some of the country’s most vulnerable communities and areas of dense business activities, with thousands of street children.
The beneficiary communities include: PZ round-about, Eastern Police, Ecowas Street, Lumley around-about, Shell, Waterloo, Calaba Town, Approved School, Goderich, Up-Gun round-about and Portee, among others.
Speaking during the presentation, the organization’s Country Director, Emmanuel Kelfa Kargbo, commended the efforts of government in the fight against Ebola, but stressed that it behooves every local and international organization to make their positive contributions to the fight against the deadly disease, which continues to ravage the country.
According to him, they decided to provide the “fight against Ebola kits” to selected communities because the latter need it most, and host most of their beneficiaries.
He stated that as mandated by government, his organization has the right to care and protect children living on the street, who he said are not under any adult supervision and are not opportune to public education and protective measures as their counterparts are privileged to.
“It is based on this hallmark that my organization decided to provide these items that will be placed at strategic positions so that street children plus other vulnerable people may have access to them and free themselves from contracting the Ebola virus,” he said.
Mr. Kargbo revealed the incorporation of public education on Ebola in their awareness raising programme until the virus is eradicated.
In her Ebola public education message to representatives of the selected communities, Public Health Sister attached at the Public Education Division of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Madam Amara, noted that Ebola is a killer disease that has no respect for age and status.
“It can kill about 90% of people that contract it. Ebola is described as the world’s deadliest disease. The virus is attached in the blood system of an infected person,” she said.
She stated that Ebola is highly contagious and can be transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, sweat, saliva, semen or other bodily discharges.
Responding to questions from the audience, Sister Amara explained that the signs and symptoms of Ebola could include all or some of the following: fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, joint and muscle pains, stomach pains and lack of appetite.
She implored those present to swiftly report to the nearest medical center when such signs and symptoms are manifested.