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APC MP intensifies Ebola sensitization

AUGUST 28, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie 


All People’s Congress (APC) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 34 in the Northern Region has intensified sensitization on the deadly Ebola virus by engaging residents of the various communities within his constituency to educate them on what to do in order not to contract the disease, which is ravaging almost every part of the country.

The event brought together stakeholders from both Biriwa and Safroko chiefdoms, including health workers, paramount chiefs, section chiefs, councilors, market women, bike riders and security personnel, among others.

In his statement, Hon. Albert Deen Kamara stated that it is no secret now that the dreaded Ebola virus has invaded some parts of the district, thereby claiming the lives of some people and also posing a serious threat to others. He admonished stakeholders to engage their various communities with Ebola prevention messages to help curb the spread of the virus in the district.

“Our common enemy now is Ebola which we must all try to kick out of Sierra Leone,” said the ruling party lawmaker. “Ebola has the potential to derail our development aspirations. Your duty is to report any sign of Ebola to health officers.”

Hon. Kamara encouraged religious leaders to utilize their platforms to preach to their congregations about the dangers of the Ebola virus at least twice a week, while stressing that at a time like this, more efforts should be focused on education to help prevent the spread of the virus and to save the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

Also speaking, Community Health Officer at Kamabai, Abdul Karim Kamara, explained that in just four days, seven deaths – including two health workers who were confirmed to have died of the Ebola viral disease at the Kenema Government Hospital – were reported in the Bombali District.

“The spate at which the virus is spreading in the district is worrisome and poses a risk to especially health workers who are the front soldiers in the fight against the disease. Stakeholders have a critical role to perform to prevent further deaths in their communities,” he said. “The Ebola virus can be prevented by avoiding direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person such as blood, saliva, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, stool and vomit, and to avoid eating bush meats and dead animals such as monkeys, chimpanzees and bats.”

Paramount Chief of Safroko Chiefdom, P.C. Alimamy Dura Sesay III, pronounced by-laws adopted during the meeting.

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