…Gender Adviser to President
DECEMBER 3, 2014 By Regina Pratt
Gender Adviser to the President, Nausu Fofanah, last Friday at the Miatta Conference Center in Freetown called for the need to critically look at Ebola confirmed cases, which she said predominantly feature vulnerable youth who are most affected victims of the disease.
She made this call during the launching ceremony of a women’s group referred to as ‘Women Rise Up Against Ebola’.
She urged the need to encourage patients and up medical personnel’s welfare, adding that 30% women should be in the decision-making for the eradication of Ebola in the country.
Chief B.S. Bangura noted that the war against Ebola is a grave one, and that it is high time people braced up to eradicate it in the country.
He observed that women are endowed with skills, hence needed support to put their knowledge into practice.
He advised that women should request for security minders before embarking on surveillance trips, noting that some patients can be very much aggressive.
Ugandan Dr. Monica ‘Kornya’ Musenero called for the need to include more women in the frontline in the fight against Ebola.
She cautioned couples to avoid sex since Ebola can be transmitted sexually and that it is dangerous to give birth at this moment. She encouraged women to take family planning pills.
In her keynote address to officially launch the movement, SLRTA Executive Director, Dr. Sarah Bendu, noted that women are more vulnerable to Ebola, citing teenage pregnancy as a key social problem associated with the Ebola outbreak.