January 20, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
The Bonthe Municipal Council is stepping up its ‘ose-to-ose (house-to-house) search for sick persons and suspected Ebola patients on the island, according to Mayor Layemin Joe Sandi, who also disclosed that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has disbursed Le17 million to the council for social mobilization on the island.
Mayor Sandi said activities geared towards preventing the spread of Ebola in the district have been implemented beginning 1 December 2014, and will end on 31 January 2015.
“The municipal surveillance teams are engaged in a daily ‘ose-to-ose’ visitation and counselling. They are also charged with the responsibility of identifying strangers, facilitate the bringing out of sick people for the attention of the medical authorities,” he said.
He added that each section has a surveillance team, which includes the section chief, youth leader, women’s leader, clergy, secret society heads and two ward development committee members.
He revealed that the Bonthe Municipal Council has raised awareness about the disease, provided funds to train health workers and purchased Veronica buckets, chlorine, dettol, as well as mounted check points to test passengers at the main jetty.
Meanwhile, the island is yet to report any case of the Ebola virus, although the mainland has recorded no fewer than 5 cases, the lowest in any of the 14 districts in the country.