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With the launch of bye laws to prevent Ebola attack…

With the launch of bye laws to prevent Ebola attack…

Momoh Konte steers efforts in Koinadugu

One of Koinadugu district’s progressive sons of the soil and successful businessmen in Sierra Leone, Momoh Konte, was over the weekend in Kabala town in the Koinadugu district to map out strategies in ensuring that the district remains Ebola-free.

It is now an open secret that out of the 14 districts in the country, Koinadugu District in the far north of the country still remains the only district that is yet to record any suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus attack.

Mr. Konte over the past week took the risk of travelling through the Ebola affected district of Bombali and on his return to Kabala, he immediately summoned medical personnel, political leaders, youths, tribal heads, local chiefs, women and religious groups, motor drivers, traders and bike riders’ unions among others to discuss mechanisms as to how to prevent the virus from entering the district.

During the three hour meeting held at the Kabala Government Hospital premises on Friday August 1, 2014, Momoh Konte thanked them for honoring his call and congratulated them for their support in prioritizing the fight against Ebola.

He said Koinadugu District is the only district in Sierra Leone that has yet to record any suspected cases of Ebola and encouraged all to come together and ensure that the district continues to be safe from an Ebola attack.

Momoh Konte went on to inform the meeting that bye laws have been established with 11 essential measures that must be adhered to if Koinadugu is to maintain its current Ebola-free status. He appealed for all to adhere to these agreements which are aimed at saving the lives of their people in the district.

He informed the audience that the bye laws include the temporally closure of all night clubs, Lumors and social gatherings in reference to the state of emergency. It was also endorsed by all that no vehicle services would ply to and from the district for a week, with exception of essential emergency services and that all entry points in and out of Koinadugu district should be manned by police, military, medical personnel and youth volunteers equipped with medical gloves, thermometers and hand washing station equipment with chlorinated water.

It was also agreed for the establishment of an Isolation Ward in Katombo; the establishments of neighborhood watch in the different chiefdoms and communities within the district; the establishments of a Le200 million business revolving fund for business people in the district in conjunction with the Kabala community bank. Most importantly, the bye laws endorsed the training of military/police personnel on the use of thermometers and the prevention of Ebola; and that all new faces (visitors) entering the district must be reported to Town, Section and Paramount Chiefs among other authorities in the district.

At the end of the meeting, all 11 bullet points in the bye laws were unanimously endorsed by all sectors present in the meeting and it was agreed that the byelaw takes effect on Monday 4th August 2014.

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