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Paramount Chief urges entry restriction into Kailahun

DECEMBER 16, 2014 By Regina Pratt

Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom in Kailahun District has urged the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) to restrict entry passes into the district during and after the Christmas festivities.

According to PC Musa Ngombu Kallon, Kailahun residents are working very hard to kick the deadly Ebola virus disease out of the district; a commitment he said has resulted to zero new cases for several days now.

The district recorded the index case of the outbreak and was one of two epicentre districts in the eastern province, but the virus spread has since ebbed in recent months.

Chief Kallon told Concord Times that the influx of people into the eastern district, which shares borders with Guinea and Liberia – both Ebola stricken countries, could pose a threat to stemming the spread of the virus in the area.

“We have lost so many people and we have fought very hard to contain the virus in our district. We are appealing to the NERC not to issue passes to people to enter Kailahun because we will not allow them access,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Kallon stated that survivors of the disease are being treated as ‘kings and queens’ and according to him, there are no complaints of stigmatization of Ebola survivors.

“We have many Ebola orphans in the district. I am presently taking care of a boy and a girl at the age of 5 and 3 respectively. We appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from non-governmental organizations and well-meaning Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora,” he noted.

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