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Pujehun warned against complacency, use of vigilantes

January 14, 2015  By Alusine Sesay

While border security remains a threat to Pujehun District in its fight to safeguard its zero new cases status, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has cautioned local authorities in the southern district not to be complacent, especially as it is bordered with Liberia as well as Kenema and Bo districts that are still recording Ebola cases though at a very low rate.

“Pujehun is still not Ebola free and the authorities should not be complacent,” warned Madam Diana F. Konomanyi-Kabba. “There are still public health emergency procedures in force and the by-laws still stand. The local authorities should make sure that they fortify the Liberian side of the border, which still remains a threat.”

She underscored the District Council Chairman, Sadiq Sillah’s caution of some paramount chiefs against the use of vigilantes to man security at the border with Liberia since it is an international border and needs the presence of the regular security forces – the Police and Military – to control the entry of people.

She noted that during the dry season, the district has 53 illegal entry points from Liberia, stressing that the regular security forces should be supported with the needed equipment that would empower them to control security at the border “instead of using vigilantes that would further pose security threat to the country”.

The Local Government minister said she was pleased with the success of Pujehun District in the fight against Ebola, noting that such a feat did not come as a surprise to her. She encouraged other districts to emulate the great success of Pujehun.

“I’m proud of this success because it was based on the use of local structures in the district. The local authorities should continue working hard and as a team to sustain the success,” she admonished.

The minister warned survivors against engaging in unprotected sex, noting that Ebola has no room for mistake, and that movement of people from other districts should be restricted.

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