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WANEP urges gov’t to re-strategize Ebola fight

…and to quarantine Port Loko District

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 By Regina Pratt

National Coordinator for the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) has called on the government of Sierra Leone to re-strategize new ideas in the fight against Ebola in the country.

Edward Jombla, speaking yesterday during a press briefing at their Soldier Street office in Freetown, said that much effort needed to be made by the government in saving lives as the deadly Ebola virus has a serious impact on human security.

“This is a national issue and it has to be owned by the people. I think government should re-think its current strategy in the fight against Ebola,” said Mr. Jombla. “The committees in the various constituencies should make themselves available to see how best we can use the available resources needed in the fight. It should be a collective fight and until we own the process in Sierra Leone, we will not win the battle.”

He called on his audience to offer special prayers for the late Dr. Olivette Buck, the first female and fourth doctor to have died of Ebola in the country.

“The issue of denial is still on the increase. I want to appeal to medical personnel to move from their comfort zones and make sacrifices for the nation,” he pleaded.

WANEP board member, D.M. Sesay, said the country is not making any headway in fighting Ebola and that the nation needs a robust approach to defeat the virus, stressing that quarantined areas should be fully manned.

He said he was concerned about the number of cases that have been recorded in Kambia District as three among the seven chiefdoms in the district have reported Ebola cases, including Kassirie in Samu Chiefdom, Matati in Magbema Chiefdom and Rowula in Mambolo Chiefdom.

“We have raised concern on the increased number of cases in Port Loko District; we want government to quarantine the district as it poses a serious threat to the capital city Freetown,” Sesay urged.

“Also the intermittent health workers strikes, increase in the spate of Ebola response related violence around the country, especially Freetown, Kenema and Kailahun should be addressed.”

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