February 4, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Amina’s Community Health Centre (ACHC) has visited residents of Laymblayma village, Tinkoko chiefdom in the Bo district and Mecca village, Sorogbema chiefdom in the Pujehun district respectively. The visit was a follow-up activity as part of the organization’s mandate in reaching out to vulnerable communities that are grappling with the impact of the Ebola outbreak.
ACHC is a non-governmental organization that seeks to promote the health status of the most marginalized, deprived and isolated communities irrespective of tribe, region, religion or sex.
Laymblayma village in Tinkoko chiefdom and Mecca village in Sorogbema chiefdom were identified to benefit from ACHC health project – the construction of a health clinic with capacity to admit patients. But due to the Ebola outbreak, the activities were put on hold. So, the visit was to re-assure both communities that the proposed projects were still alive.
In Sorogbema, Project Coordinator Paul Kaikai thanked residents for their support and apologized for the long delay in kick-starting the project, which he blamed on the ban on socio-economic activities and social gathering, but promised that the project would commence no sooner than the Ebola is declared over.
Kaikai said the visit would take the form of health talks and distribution of food items, as he encouraged residents to continue their heroic battle against the deadly Ebola virus disease despite being declared Ebola free few weeks ago.
While giving the keynote address, Mohamed K. Lumeh stressed on key messages of Ebola, noting that the virus is real and kills. He enjoined people not to touch the sick or dead persons and to immediately call 117 if anyone shows sign and symptoms of the disease or dies.
“We are currently talking to our partners who are now seeking funding possibilities to construct admitting clinics in our operational areas. We need your support and cooperation at this time,” Lumeh said.
He noted further that their visit was to also share some gifts with community members, but however cautioned them that the Ebola virus could still be around and that they should be mindful of what they do.
“Constant washing of hands needs to be practiced daily, it should now be part of us and at the same time listening to messages from health experts,” he admonished.
“We all know the damage the Ebola has caused the nation, as economic activities are no longer moving the way they used to be. As a medical organization we provide basic treatment for communities we serve but because of the temporal ban on these activities due to the Ebola, we cannot do it now. Our medical support now goes to the government but food and other items come to the people.”
All the communities visited benefited from bags of rice, onions, maggi, salt and other household items.