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Deputy Youth Commissioner blames low level of compliance

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Josephine A. Seppeh

Deputy Commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) yesterday stated that the level of compliance by the public to stop Ebola is too low as people are still touching and doing things they used to do prior to the outbreak.

Speaking at a press conference hosted in the commission’s conference room, Mrs. Aminata Sillah noted that no effort is too small in the fight against the deadly disease as it is the responsibility of everybody to put hands on deck to contain and eradicate the virus.

“In a bid to play a part in the eradication of Ebola, the commission will be rallying round the city and sensitizing the public on the Ebola virus with the theme, ‘Let’s stop the transmission of new infection’. Ebola messages have been there since the outbreak but the challenges are still there despite the thousands of messages that have been disseminated,” she said.

Also, Youth Council Chairman for Western Area Urban District, Mohamed B. Koroma, explained that trust, familiarity and denial are the three main reasons why the virus is spiking out of control in the Western Area.

“We will be using the ‘Operation No New Case’ message because it is only when there is no new case in the country that there will be hope of bringing Ebola to an end,” he said.

On her part, Secretary for the Association of Market Women, Hajaratu Sesay, said they have been working with the government to contain the spread of the virus by distributing megaphones to all markets within the city to educate customers about the disease.

She disclosed that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Freetown City Council which, among other things, restricts the opening of shops and selling in market places on Fridays and Sundays.

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