Meteorology Calls for Drainage Cleaning
In as much as the country is fighting the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Sierra Leone Meteorology (SLMET) department has called on the Government to also embark on massive drainage cleaning to divert emerging spread of diseases. (Photo: SLMET DG, Ibrahim Sinneh Kamara)
Speaking in Freetown yesterday, the Director General (DG) for SLMET, Ibrahim Sinneh Kamara said their responsibility is to look in to issues relating to weather condition and climate change, noting that the safety of the seas for travelling also fall under their mandate.
He said rainfall determines the availability of water, advancing that seasonal forecast was done every annually, but he continued, the outbreak of COVID-19 prevented them to assemble this year.
Kamara discussed that when drainages blocked and water flown on the street is a recipe for the spread of common diseases and advised on the important to clean culverts regularly to avert flooding and flowing of water in the street.
He recalled that when drainages were cleaned last year by the Freetown City Council coupled with the monthly cleaning, flooding was minimized but since everything has been diverted in the fight against COVID-19, there has been lesser cleaning activity.
The DG maintained that weather forecast shows that there will be less rainfall this year and cautioned citizens to stop the indiscriminate dumping of waste to allow the free flow of water.
He encouraged citizens to complement Government effort by cleaning their frontage adding that as an agency the supported Government efforts by sharing vital information on daily weather forecast.
The DG said, they connected key stakeholders on whatsapp to get daily information on how the weather could be like.
On the issue of COVID-19, the DG said they have earlier mobilized resources and distributed preventive materials including detergents, Veronica Buckets and face mask, soap to all their regional offices.
Mr. Kamara encouraged all to listen to the advice of Government authorities and practice the laid out precautions for the quick containment of the virus.
He said fighting COVID-19 should not be a burden for Sierra Leone because we have fought and conquered the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), lamenting that both diseases share common signs and symptoms and preventive methods.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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