Veteran Nurse champions Ebola response in Marampa Chiefdom
It was on 25th August 2014 a veteran nurse from the United Kingdom, Madam Isha Daramy Kabia who has great international recognition for her diligence and commitment to the nursing profession; visited Lunsar Town with an open and genuine mind to assess the Ebola situation. This was done at a time when cases within Port Loko District were on the alarming increase and Marampa Chiefdom provides most of the confirmed cases according to the District Medical Office in Port Loko.
After several misconceptions on the deaths of innocent people in the Chiefdom, Madam Daramy Kabia decided to conduct a fact finding in order to identify most of the challenges faced by various stakeholders in the health and related sector that affects the Ebola response. One of the strategies applied to solve most of the problems was to equip all health workers in the Marampa Chiefdom with basic skills in infection prevention and control practices and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in providing care to all sick persons in the respective health facilities. A good number of Nurses, paramedics, doctors, administrative and support staffs from the various Health Centers, Hospitals and Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) were trained in order to practice standard prevention and control measures during care giving to the sick in the health facilities.
The three days lockdown was an unrestful moment for the Veteran Nurse. Report states that she visited nine villages within the chiefdom, targeting some 1, 850 people; sensitizing them and as well checking their temperature. She is said to have provided food stuffs like rice, vegetable cooking oil and other household utensils to quarantined homes. She also facilitated the provision of a vehicle specifically for burial in the chiefdom; and mobilized market women to do a thorough cleaning of their community market.
These activities served as a follow up on a thorough sensitization on infection, prevention and control that was done for various groups within the communities including military and police, youth groups, bike riders and drivers, traditional healers, tribal heads, section chiefs and head men, heads on institutions and religious leaders.
In collaboration with the Saint John of God Hospital in Lunsar (Mabesseneh Hospital), Madam Daramy Kabia distributed support equipments to all medical centers and facilities within the chiefdom. She told this press that she is thankful to the Government of Sierra Leone, CordAid Netherlands and the Mabesseneh Hospital for the support they have been giving her to intensify Ebola response programs in the Marampa Chiefdom.
Abu Bakarr Kargbo
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