February 23, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) last weekend embarked on decontaminating buildings hitherto used as Ebola holding and treatment centres in Port Loko District, one of the last remaining epicenters of the outbreak.
In an interview with the Fleet Manager of CEFORD, Paul Muana, he told Concord Times that the exercise – which is meant break the chain of transmission in the north-western district – entails burning pillows, mattresses and clothing previously used by Ebola patients, adding that the organisation would help replace the incinerated items.
“We are here for three months to disinfect localities of persons who died out of suspected Ebola viral disease cases in the Port Loko District. Our mandate is to burn down all necessary items in their possession by replacing them with new ones,” Muana said.
He said CEFORD is being sponsored by UKAID and Plan International to operate in the district, which has recorded one of the highest Ebola figures in the country.
One of the team leaders of the decontamination exercise, Alimamy S. Kamara, said they have visited and supplied mattresses, blankets, pillows, among other items, in Maforki, Koya, Kasseh, Boya Romende, Masimera, Kaffu Bullom and Lokomasama chiefdoms, respectively.