OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
As a way of intensifying the fight against Ebola in Bumpeh Chiefdom, Moyamba District in southern Sierra Leone, a community based organization – Centre for Community Empowerment and Transformation (CCET) – has launched a three-month project titled, “Breaking the Chain of Transmission”.
The aim of the project, according to CCET, is to see how the organisation could help the chiefdom authorities enforce measures that can prevent strangers from entering the chiefdom, as well as identifying a burial site for Ebola related deaths, mounting up of checkpoints and establishing 100 hand washing facilities.
PC Charles Balakai Caulker, who chaired the launching ceremony, disclosed that the chiefdom recorded the first Ebola case few months ago. He said the project is being funded by the Sherbro Foundation based in the United States of America.
PC Caulker informed his audience that Sherbro Foundation had earlier supported his chiefdom to establish more than 90 hand washing facilities, but that in spite of efforts being made by the chiefdom in collaboration with the local Ebola task force and CCET, the disease still found its way into the area thus claiming the lives of at least five people.
He said the fight against Ebola needed more robust measures and therefore called on all residents of his chiefdom to support the campaign. He said the chiefdom will set up six checking points and each will be supported with a bag of rice and Le200,000 (two hundred thousand Leones) monthly.
“Those manning the checkpoints will each receive Le50,000 monthly as incentive,” he said and called on all and sundry to work together to break the chain of transmission in the district.
Executive Director of CCET, Rosaline Kambay, said the three-month project will also focus on identifying a burial site for Ebola related deaths, and gathering of information on people who are sick and reporting such to health workers.
She said the project will also focus on fully implementing the Ebola by-laws, recording deaths and supervising burial ceremonies.
Youth leader of Bumpeh Chiefdom, Ben Alpha Mansaray, said young people have been very active and supportive in the fight against Ebola in the chiefdom, and reaffirmed their commitment in supporting the Ebola task force to achieve their goal.
The launching ceremony was climaxed by the donation of 100 Veronica buckets and more than 200 bottles of Detoll to the Bumpeh Ebola task force.