SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 By Regina Pratt
Paramount Chief of Kholifa Rowala Chiefdom in the Tonkolili District, Massa Kama III, has imposed a fine of Le500,000 on one of his subjects, who reportedly harboured an Ebola patient. The measure was part of by-laws enacted to ensure compliance on public health regulations.
PC Kama III revealed this during a public sensitization on the deadly outbreak last week, attended by the newly appointed Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah in the chiefdom.
In his response, Dr. Fofanah commended the traditional chief for his actions and underscored the need for local authorities to fully implement regulations aimed at stemming the spread of Ebola.
He said the chief was right to have imposed the fine because it is the responsibility of community members to contribute meaningfully to the fight against the epidemic, adding that paramount chiefs are the ‘frontline commanders’ in the Ebola war.
“The central government will work with you in this fight and I am sure with your cooperation the Ebola war will be a thing of the past. I want to implore you all to intensify sensitization in your various communities. The primary objective of my mission to this community is to continue our sensitization drive so that our people will better understand the gravity of Ebola in our country,” the minister said.
Also speaking, Resident Minister North, Alie Kamara, reported that there is an alarming Ebola death rate in Paitbana, Bombali District, with the cases being either probable or suspected, and warned against the denial syndrome.
Meanwhile, District Medical Officer North, Dr. Osaio Kamara, said the Ebola statistics is increasing in the district because of denial and insincerity, adding that Tonkolili is strategic as it shares borders with seven districts.
He called for total support and cooperation to combat the disease.