‘Let’s turn our guns against Ebola’


- Deputy Speaker urges

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Deputy Speaker of the House of Parliament has urged Sierra Leoneans to put aside all other issues and turn their attention to ensuring that the deadly Ebola viral disease, which has spread in almost every part of the country, is defeated.

Speaking ahead of the just-concluded three days house-to-house sensitization, Hon. Chernor Ramadan Maju Bah said the Ebola virus is still in the country, which is why everyone, including the media, should stop the criticism for now until Ebola is killed.

“For now let us turn our guns against the Ebola virus disease. The time will come when we will fight each other. Let us forget about individuals and other issues that are not related to the disease. Until we kill Ebola, we cannot do post-mortem on it,” he said, and added that the government and partners are very much determined to reduce the number of Ebola deaths. 

He reminded Sierra Leoneans, especially those he claimed are ‘inciting’ people, that the country is under a state of public emergency as President Ernest Bai Koroma had declared on 29 July.

Hon. Bah, who is also Member of Parliament for Constituency 110, encouraged all and sundry to be law abiding and respecters of the constitution, which is the supreme law of the state.

He commended the media for the critical role it has played so far in sensitizing and educating the public on what to do in order not to contract the virus, but urged the latter to spend more time, energy and efforts in educating those who are still in denial about the existence of the virus.

“People need more knowledge because some are still denying out of ignorance and compassion. Let us continue to preach patriotism,” urged Hon. Bah. “We know that there are few people going around inciting others. They are in the minority and we should not allow them to distort what is happening within society. Let us not allow those who don’t want the country to move forward have their way.”