- Says Information Minister
NOVEMBER 18, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Minister of Information and Communications has stated that the widely held view that the Ebola virus disease was incurable is fallacious because according to him, out of the over 4000 Sierra Leoneans that have contracted the virus, more than 900 have survived.
Delivering a statement during the presentation of food items for Ebola victims by Africell Mobile Company last Friday (November 14), Alhaji Alpha Kanu, said the cardinal message in the fight against the dreadful disease is don’t touch
“The maxim that we were first told that the virus has no cure has become fallacious. It is no longer true. It is a fallacy because out of those that have the virus, we have claw back from the jaws of death and from the death row a total of about 900 people. So it means we as well as our doctors in the various treatment centers know what to do to because they are clawing peoples back from the jaws of death. Prevention, isolation and treatment are the messages of the Ebola virus disease,” he said and added that the immune system of a well nurtured victim overcomes the virus.
According to the minister, the chain of transmission would only stop if people discontinue the habit of robbing and touching as well as keeping sick people at home and burying the dead without adherence to proper medical procedures.
Mr. Kanu stressed the importance of people accepting what scientists, doctors and nurses tell them because they are the frontline soldiers, adding that Ebola is a contact disease and that if nobody passes it on to someone else, the virus will not spread.
“We should be cleverer than the virus. It is violent when it catches you. It has come to separate families. We are still afraid of the virus but not so much as we were before. It is an enemy that we can confront and can be killed,” he noted.
He pointed out that news in the media that people are starving in treatment centers is not true because as he put it, “People eat balance diet five times a day.”