SLP Engages Traditional Healers on COVID-19
A delegation from the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) led by the Head of Community Relations, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tina Momoh has engaged members of the Sierra Leone Indigenous Traditional Healers Union (SLITHU) on the effect, transmission and prevention of the deadly Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). (Photo: ASP Hawa Tina Momoh and participants)
The engagement which attracted male and female members of the union held at the headquarters of the union on at Poyo Bar, Calaba Town in Freetown on 11th May, 2020.
Delivering keynote address, Head of Community Relations attached at the SLP Headquarters, ASP Hawa Tina Momoh maintained that the Sierra Leone Police recognized traditional healers as key stakeholders in the fight against COVID-19 for the fact that she said, they have great role to play in the fight against the deadly virus.
She discussed that crimes are committed by commission and omission, noting that the SLP has the mandate to enforce the law, save lives and properties.
“That was why we thought it wise to engage traditional healers’ stakeholders on the high risk of curing sick people among herbalists.
In that regard, Madam Momoh admonished traditional healers to believe in God for their daily bread and further encouraged them to stay away from secrete healing at this difficult moment.
She called on them to follow the rules set up by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and urged participants to form strong collaboration after the meeting so that they would be in position to educate those that absent in the meeting.
In his submission, the President for SLITHU, Alhaji Sulaiman Kabbah said the union has been in engagement with MOHS since the inception of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.
He reported that the union has been engaged it members on the effect of COVIID-19 and the risk of curing sick people across the country.
Alhaji Kabbah said traditional healers should serve as ambassador in the fight to overcome the virus.
He discussed that the spread of the pandemic has not only resulted to the imposition of strict laws set by Government, but has also seriously affected their source of living.
He encouraged colleague herbalists to refer any sick person to the nearest health centre or call 117.
Mr. Bah concluded by calling on Government NGO’s, INGO’s and other humanitarian relief organizations to come to their aid to minimize their present vulnerable situation.
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