By Sylvester Samba……
It has been confirmed by Defence for Children International Sierra Leone that a total of sixteen children have been killed by the current Ebola Virus Disease since it broke out in the country in May this year.
Speaking to Journalists, the Executive Director, Mr. Abdul M. Kemokai added that nineteen children were currently hospitalized undergoing treatment for Ebola. He disclosed that over Two hundred children have become Orphaned following the death of either their parent or guardian by the disease while sixty two children have been quarantined. Mr. Kemokai, in his explanation said he joined the Ebola fight to make sure that children are Ebola free.
The Executive Director noted that with support from Action Aid, Defence for Children International has conducted awareness and sensitisation campaign using ‘motorcade’ in three high-risk communities including Kailahun where the first confirmed case was discovered.
In addition, he maintained that his organisation has embarked on massive sensitization in all the communities they operate and also do registration of children affected by Ebola.
Mr. Kemokai noted that their targeted areas include; Western Area Rural and Urban – 12 communities; Bo District – 4 communities; Kenema District – 5 communities; Bombali District – 4 communities; Kono District – 3 communities; Moyamba District – 8 communities. He said they will also be holding meetings with community leaders and religious leaders in those communities in order to educate them and to empower them to add their voices to the campaign.
“We will be providing training for Child Welfare Committee and existing youth groups that we had set up in these communities including Defense for Girls groups and Children and Youth Advisory Boards to do awareness in their communities”, the Executive Director explained. He noted that his organization will supply all those groups that will be involved in the awareness raising campaigns with megaphones; posters, chlorine, gloves sanitizers, dettol soap and fact sheets on prevention of Ebola.
By Sylvester Samba……