Koinadugu checkpoint reason for Ebola safety


…Police Constable

OCTOBER 1, 2014 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

A police constable deployed at Fadugu in the Koinadugu District has disclosed to Concord Times that the checkpoint has been instrumental in preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the district.

Constable Abdul Kamara said the checkpoint accords no special favour to anybody, but maintains a strict regime aimed at preventing the ominous threat of the spread of the virus in the district, which remains the sole unaffected district in the country to date.

The district remains locked down after the local Task Force restricted travel into and outside. Thus, movement into the district has been significantly curtailed, while exit has to be sanctioned by the Task Force.

The few vehicles which ply the route are routinely stopped at the checkpoint with their passengers asked to alight to undergo infrared temperature checks and wash hands with chlorine.

Fatmata Kamara, a resident of Yeffin in the Neini Chiefdom, also in Koinadugu District, who was travelling the route onto Freetown, noted that the high security presence in the district was a step in the right direction.

She expressed confidence that such security measure could help prevent the spread of the virus in the district.