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Port Loko blames Ebola cases on lawlessness

February 10, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Members of Port Loko District Descendants Development Movement have blamed the increase in new Ebola cases in the district on lawlessness by people who are reluctant to adhere to measures put in place to eradicate the virus.

The organization’s Director of Communication, Alpha Daramy, told Concord Times Sunday (February 8) after a pray and deliverance service for the district at the Life of Christ Pentecostal Fellowship International that they had sensitised Port Loko residents since the start of the outbreak on what to do in order not to contract the virus.

He stated that despite the imposition of bye-laws by local authorities in the north-western district, people have been stubborn as they still hide sick relatives and continue to wash dead bodies, which according to him is reason why the district has had tough time containing the virus.

“We have eleven Chiefdoms in the Port Loko district which makes it [one of] the biggest in the country. We have discovered that most of the cases are coming from Lokomasama Chiefdom and that is because we have many transit wharfs in that part of the district. Many people come into the district using that route,” Daramy said.

He said they would work with the district task force to pay more attention to areas where the virus is still predominant, in order to break the chain of transmission in the district.

Meanwhile, Chairman and Founder of the organization, Suleiman S. Bangura, said the organization was formed in 2012 with the aim of promoting unity, peace and development to all sons and daughters of the district.

“We decided to worship at the Life of Christ Pentecostal Fellowship International Church to continue praying and ask God to save the district from any calamity. We have already visited mosques with the same purpose,” he said.

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