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‘We can only defeat Ebola if we cut chain of transmission’

- says President Koroma

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

President Ernest Bai Koroma has emphasized that the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease can only be won by cutting the chain of transmission through avoiding body contact, reporting all sick cases to the hospital, and non-touching of dead bodies.

Addressing Paramount Chiefs in the Moyamba District over the weekend, the president said the Ebola outbreak has reached the second phase and that government needs to put all modalities in place to eradicate the virus from the country.

According to official figures, more than four thousand cases have been diagnosed since the beginning of the outbreak in May, while at least 1,085 have died. However, Moyamba District has so far recorded fewer than hundred cases.

President Koroma assured of his government’s determination to do all it can to ensure that timely logistics are provided for health workers, contact tracers, burial teams and youths who risk their lives to man checkpoints in the various chiefdoms.

He called on Paramount Chiefs and stakeholders in the district to take the lead in the fight against the deadly disease – which has compromised the country’s economic aspirations – in order to cut the chain of transmission.

The president commended the District Ebola Task Force Committee, headed by Minister of Lands, Country Planning and Environment, Musa Tarawally, for their outstanding role in stemming the spread of the virus in the district.

Also speaking, National Chairman of Council of Paramount Chiefs, Chief Charles Caulker, commended President Koroma for his effort in mobilizing funds and equipment, as well as the construction of a holding and treatment centre to help fight the disease in the district.

“We have committed ourselves in ensuring that we tackle the virus in the district. We will not wait on the government to provide funds for us but we will do all we can as PCs to ensure that we save our people from this deadly virus,” he said.

Chief Caulker informed the president that they would be holding a meeting with section chiefs, village headmen, youth leaders and women’s groups to urge them to own up to their responsibility of ensuring that no sick person or corpse is kept in houses.