By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone has intensified its public education campaign on the fight against the deadly Ebola virus which continues to claim the lives of Sierra Leoneans almost on a daily basis.
According to the Commission’s acting Public Information Officer, Ishmael Bayoh, they have undertaken Ebola public outreach in different communities, as well as placed jingles and public notices on radio stations.
“We are currently doing outreach activities in various communities across the length and breathe of the city to educate people about what to do in order not to come in contact with the virus. Ebola is real and it is deadly,” he said, while advising all and sundry to adhere to public health advisory.
He highlighted Dworzack, Tengbeh Town, Lumley, Allen Town, Goderich and Waterloo as some of the communities they have being so far, and stated that similar activity is ongoing in the provinces.
In a recent press release, the Commission recognized the efforts of all donors, both local and international, for their support in eradicating the virus from the country.
“We also appreciate the efforts of all, particularly the health workers in the fight against the disease. We further encourage them to continue with their selfless service to the nation,” the release stated.
The HRC called on the government to enhance strategic coordination and communication as well as mobilizing resources for effective management of the outbreak, and to critically ensure that residents within quarantined areas have easy access to essential commodities, and that necessary humanitarian assistance should be provided to the most vulnerable for their survival and wellbeing.
The Commission also noted that public health actions must “protect and advance the health of the population as a whole, while at the same time protecting basic human rights and social values.
It called on the public to cooperate with the authorities and adhere to all measures that have been put in place to contain and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.