May 28, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Concerned Artistes Sierra Leone have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to take the zero Ebola campaign to schools across the country.
The group of Sierra Leonean artistes intends using music and entertainment to disseminate Ebola messages during school and after school hours.
According to Deputy Minister of Health II, Ms. Madina Rahman, her ministry was happy to partner with the concerned artists. “I trust them and they have proved themselves well. Also, music and video go a long way in educating people,” she said.
Madam Rahman noted that the Ebola virus had depleted the workforce in the health sector in the country, and that women were more affected by the disease because of their nurturing tendency. She said despite the adverse impact of the disease on the country, they have to forge ahead.
She pointed out that it only took a single case for “Sierra Leone to be plunged into this kind of catastrophe” and warned against complacency. “We cannot be complacent and go back to our old ways,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the concerned artistes, Ibrahim A. Bangura aka C-Bolt, said artistes have been engaged in various nation-building activities across the country during the very difficult period in the country’s history. “We thought it fit that we should complement government’s endless efforts towards eradicating the Ebola virus disease in the country,” he said.
“With this initiative, we decided to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to effectively embark on a mass ‘back to school Ebola sensitization campaign’ for pupils in various schools across the country,” he said. “The primary objective of this project is to increase awareness among school children on Ebola preventive measures during and after school hours.”
C-Bolt said to make this campaign a success, the group had composed a song both in audio and video with different skits on Ebola for pupils and school authorities.