DSL intensifies Ebola sensitization in Port Loko


NOVEMBER 11, 2014 By Hassan G. Koroma

As government and partners intensify efforts to break the chain of new Ebola infections, Democracy Sierra Leone (DSL) has stepped-up sensitisation campaign in Port Loko district, one of the worst hit districts in the country.

Port Loko has recorded 625 Ebola cases, less than three months after the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the north-western district, prompting the government to quarantine hotspot chiefdoms in the district last month.

DSL’s National Coordinator, Alhaji Mohamed Warisay, told Concord Times they had engaged twenty volunteers in the district who will be visiting residents at their homes to educate them about the ‘Dos and Don’ts of the Ebola virus disease.

Warisay they were able to embark on the activity after they had secured funding from the United States Embassy in Freetown, to help break the chain of transmission through sustained engagement.

He disclosed that the project would cover five districts – Bombali, Moyamba, Tonkolili, Port Loko and Western Area.

Also, District Coordinator, Peter Kamara, said the volunteers were ready and determined to go from village-to-village to sensitise residents on how to prevent contracting the virus and stemming its spread.

“We have been waiting for such an opportunity to make our own contribution to end the Ebola menace in our country. We see the intervention of Democracy Sierra Leone as a blessing in disguise and we will make the best of it to ensure that our people are educated about the Ebola,” he said.