Massive Call on IG to Bend the Law of Exchange of Crash Helmet by Pillion
Scores of residents in the eastern region are constantly calling on the Inspector General of police Sierra Leone through the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police eastern region Alfred Karrow Kamara to look into the plight of the masses to bend the law for the use of crash helmet for the main time until the issue of Ebola is laid to rest.
There is no public meeting and radio discussion that take place in all the radio stations in the region that people will not call and question the use of crash helmet by passengers at this time of the Ebola crises in the country, some callers appeal to the AIG to bend the law at this point in time in other to save more lives.
When the AIG was transferred to the region the first step he took to ensure sanity in the region prevail was by ensuring that the issue of clicks boys and girls is wipe out or minimize and he has succeeded in that vein, the next step he took is to ensure that both the rider and pillion use the crash helmet which he has also succeeded. He told his personnel not to harass any rider for unregistered motor bike and licenses as they are given a grace period to work and regularized their affairs. This move has drastically reduced the accident rate in the region as bike riders no longer run away from the police a situation that have been causing a lot of accidents in the region. The bike riders highly welcome the move by the AIG, but they took have joined the public by calling on the AIG to only allow them as rider to use the crash helmet and living out the pillion or passengers for the time being adding the exchange of the crash helmet from one person to another has health hazard at this time of the viral hemorrhagic fever crises. Some people argued that the use of the crash helmet protect the life of an individual at a time within thirty minutes while the exchange of the crash helmet by the passengers within the same thirty minutes will affect hundreds of people in the community if one affected person happen to use one helmet. The major means of transportation here in the region is the use of motor bike, which is being use to carry the dead and living.
According to the health workers the Ebola virus is not air borne but can only be transfer by physical torch of any fluid from the affected person, such as through sweat, spit, urine, vomiting, blood and feces.
The AIG east has been saying that he will not bend the law all by his own as his constitutional mandate is to enforce the law in ensuring that life and property are being protected , he call on the people to buy their private crash helmet or be using plastic on their heads or to avoid using motor bike.
In the region the cost of crash helmet has increase and motor bike dealers always sell one crash helmet with the motor bike leaving out the crash helmet for the pillion giving cause to the purchaser to separately buy another helmet.
The District Medical Officer Kenema Dr. Mohamed Alex Vandi states that the Ebola virus is transferred through contact but that can only happen when the person is showing signs and symptoms that is after the incubation period of twenty one days. Some callers point out that it is not easily known to show who has gone through the incubation period or not.
A caller who identify herself as Mariama Sesay says it will be another big plus on the cap of the AIG east if he can slightly bend the law at this point in time of the Ebola crises by listening to the cry of the masses, adding nobody is against the use of crash helmet but let the authorities think of the prevailing circumstance, hoping the IG will give his blessing to the AIG east to listening to the cry of his people. We are faithfully waiting for that faithful day from the IG she concluded.
Most of the media practitioners in the region I spoke to are in support of the masses for the moment of this Ebola period.
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