January 9, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma will today engage stakeholders, including traditional leaders, in the eastern city of Kenema as part of ongoing engagement with local leaders aimed at bringing the deadly Ebola outbreak to an end.
Mrs. Koroma commenced her engagement with traditional leaders in Freetown, supported by Plan-Sierra Leone, to discuss issues pertaining to traditional practices which policy makers and analysts say are undermining efforts to break the chain of transmission across the country.
“The First Lady will meet with traditional female leaders and also female custodians of our cultural heritage, and she will also be meeting with other female civil society activists and the Kenema District Ebola Task Force that was set up to coordinate the activities of the Ebola fight in the region,” said Resident Minister East, Maya Kaikai.
Madam Koroma is also expected to visit Kono district, her paternal homeland. The district suffered a serious setback in efforts to contain the virus in late December when scores of dead bodies were discovered, apparently having died of Ebola.
Consequently, the diamondiferous district has recently seen a steady increase in new Ebola cases, which now stand at more than 200.
Since the start of the outbreak in May last year, the First Lady has been involved in several initiatives to assist women and girls affected by the epidemic, and has partnered with big corporate institutions like Airtel to support victims of the disease.