Forut trains Ebola hard hit chiefdom on infection prevention

March 6, 2015 By Francis Ndanema

Forut Sierra Leone has ended a three-day training for 116 participants on Ebola infection prevention and control in Ribbi Chiefdom, Moyamba District; the worst hit in the southern district.

Participants were drawn from Motonkoh, Upper Ribbi, Mobureh and Lower Ribbi sections – all in the Ribbi Chiefdom.

The virus still poses a risk in the district despite the establishment of a command centre in January by the District Ebola Response Centre, as local authorities work assiduously to break the chain of transmission in Ribbi Chiefdom.

According to Forut Field Coordinator in the chiefdom, John Paul Gbato, they held a meeting with chiefdom authorities where it was agreed that they should involve people in the chiefdom in Ebola prevention and control and community mobilisation activities.

Gbato disclosed that the training of chiefdom stakeholders on Ebola prevention and control is significant, and revealed plans are underway to train community mobilisers in that part of the country.

Representative of the District Health Management Team, Allieu Sesay, informed participants that the training would help them know what to do whenever a suspected case of Ebola is reported before informing health practitioners, adding that they would be expected to isolate any suspected Ebola patient and call on  the surveillance team for quick response.

National Programme Director of Forut Sierra Leone, Abdul Aziz Turay, informed press men that the Norwegian NGO has been very active in the fight against Ebola in the district and the country as a whole, and pledged more support to government until the virus is defeated.

The meeting was climaxed by the donation of sprayers, chlorine and personal protective gears to chiefdom residents.