MP takes Ebola response to Constituency 109
The Member of Parliament for Constituency 109, Hon. Amada Fofanah (alias Fofie) is of a strong conviction that concerted efforts will kick Ebola virus out of Sierra Leone. The Member of Parliamnent is currently having about fifty-two people quarantined in his constituency at Sumaila Town where there was a confirmed case of the Ebola virus. Upon receipt of his Constituency Development Fund, Hon. Fofanah thought it wise to ensure that it is spent on sensitization, thereby saving the lives of his people and the nation. It was over the weekend (Saturday 23rd August 2014), Hon. Fofanah assembled members of his constituency at the Josben Entertainment Complex in other to sensitize them on transmission, infection and prevention of the deadly virus.
The simple messages taken to his constituents were; Ebola is real, help prevent Ebola, avoid body contacts, use water and soap to wash your hands regularly and join the national fight against Ebola.
He told the gathering the Sierra Leone is presently at cross roads as the Ebola virus is ravaging the lives of the people, hence diverting the development activities of government and people. Hon. Fofanah pointed out that the Constituency Development Funds received from government will be well utilized to facilitate the national effort to fight against the Ebola virus.
The money, he said will be used for sensitization, purchase materials for quarantined households and other Ebola education activities. He reminded his people about the State of Health Emergency in the country, adding that all social gatherings and activities must be stopped for now so as to prevent contacting the virus.
The Local Chiefs, he said have a stake in all this because they know much about the activities of traditional healers who serve as mostly agents that spread the virus. He admonished all not to relent in the national fight because Ebola is real and deadly.
The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai disclosed that most of the recorded Ebola deaths are women and children. This is so because, as he put it “most times it is women that takes care of their sick husbands and children, and this makes them more vulnerable to contact the virus.” He admonished the people to stop stigmatization, but must accept people that are been cured of the virus to the community. The Minister suggested that herbalists must stop their activities now so as to control the spread of the Ebola virus.
Dr. Vandi of Dworzark farm Health Center and Dr. Sesay of Kingharman Road Gov’t Hospital educated the people on the history of the virus, symptoms, treatment and prevention. Raechel Macauley from the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone informed his audience on the use of chlorine, hand sanitizers and other instruments like soap and water that should be used to prevent Ebola.
At the end of the meeting ten megaphones and ninety-six hand washing buckets were presented by the Member of Parliament to various sections in his constituency. An Ebola song performance by Miss Jullie and Crew climaxed the meeting, which was chaired by Samuel Turay.
By Fadda Bakish
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