February 23, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Resident Minister East and delegation have embarked on a regional tour of the eastern province to gauge the views of people about the current status of Ebola in their communities, and how he can closely work with paramount chiefs and other local authorities in ensuring that their communities are free from the deadly virus.
Minister Maya Kaikai and his entourage first visited Kono, where Ebola cases are still being reported, before proceeding to some villages in Kailahun district that share borders with Guinea to get firsthand information from the communities themselves and to encourage people not to allow any cross border activities.
He said the visit was part of President Koroma’s social mobilization drive in various communities across the country to ensure that people abide by the rules guiding the prevention and control of Ebola.
In Kono district, it was an open meeting with chiefs, traditional leaders and members of the Kono community to ask questions and interact with the minister and his delegation to better understand the commitment of government and its partners in the fight against the Ebola disease.
“I want to thank you so much on behalf of President Koroma for handling the Ebola crisis in your respective communities since the outbreak. I want to however advice that the disease has not come to an end completely and therefore you should not be complacent in maintaining the laws. We are all traditional people, we must be able to adhere to the advice from medical practitioners,” Minister Kaikai said and encouraged the chiefs, especially in Kailahun, not to encourage cross border activities in their communities.
“I want you to strengthen your chiefdom taskforces because there are a lot of programmes in the post-Ebola activities,” he said. “Also, I want you to know that government has put in place a lot of programmes for the reopening of schools in the country and that is why all of us have to come together to fight Ebola out of our country.”