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UNICEF supports SLSAV construct Ebola Community Care Centre

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

As efforts intensify to eradicate the Ebola virus in the country, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided support to local non-governmental organization – Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteer (SLSAV) – for the construction of a community care centre in Mayagba, Paki Masabong chiefdom, Bombali district.

In an exclusive interview with Concord Times, SLSAV Director Alfred Alex Jatta Dumbuya said they are partnering with UNICEF in the fight to eradicate Ebola, and that support for constructing a community care centre in Mayagba is one such way.

Dumbuya revealed that the community care centre would be completed by 10th November (yesterday), comprising three tents: reception, chlorine treatment, and a mortuary, while water will be supplied by the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO).

He said that the construction was aided by the community people. “We are involving community people because we want to promote local ownership in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” he added.

Dumbuya further said that the rationale for the construction of a community care centre is to encourage locals to bring sick persons to the centre for early treatment, in order to break the chain of transmission.

He said SLSAV is engaging various stakeholders, including village heads, community-base organizations, religious leaders and community people, to increase knowledge and understanding of the role of the Ebola burial team and potential risks involved in secret burials and attending unknown funeral ceremonies.

“Our organization was also called by UNICEF to provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in Sumbuya Secondary School, Kaffu Bullom chiefdom,  which temporarily being used by the chiefdom as a Holding Centre; and we have also provided WASH facilities in Gbaneh Lol holding centre in the same chiefdom,” he said.

He said SLSAV also leads the ENCISS Civil Society Organizations’ Implementing Partners Ebola Response Project which monitors health facilities, visits quarantined homes, and provides psycho-social training for contact tracers, Ward Developing Committees, as well as follow-ups on the re-integration of Ebola survivors within families and communities.

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