By Regina Pratt
Principals and head teachers in various public schools in the Western Area have been sensitized on the deadly and highly contagious tropical disease, Ebola, according to programme manager of Schools Health, Patricia Bah.
The move came after the Ministry of Health and Sanitation confirmed the first cases of the disease in the Kissi Teng chiefdom, Kailahun district.
Speaking to this reporter at her Youyi building office on Wednesday, 28 May, Ms. Bah said a similar sensitisation workshop would be held for headmasters of private schools in the Western Area.
She revealed that district health medical teams and paramount chiefs in all the 14 geopolitical districts were conducting public health sensitization programmes to raise awareness about Ebola prevention strategies.
Since last week Ministry of Health and Sanitation officials were busy finding ways on how to combat this deadly disease that has entered the country and to secure the lives of citizens.
This is not the first time that reported case of Ebola has been heard in the country, as there was a case of one victim in Kono district which was not properly confirmed thus leaving doubts in the minds of the people.
Health ministry officials this week confirmed the haemorrhagic fever has reached the country, with at least two persons already dead and scores isolated, showing symptoms of the virus.