I am just off the phone with our brethren in Kissi Kingdom. Parliamentarian Hon. Sahr Patrick Tengbeh, MP for Constituency 03 [covering Kissi Teng & Kissi Kama] is currently in Koindu awaiting arrival of Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) tomorrow to examine proposed site for a Field Hospital to be immediately built by MSF to isolate and treat Ebola patients right there in Koindu. A site by the old waterworks has been earmarked.
Meanwhile, Hon. Tengbeh along with Deputy Minister of Labour Augustine Kortu (also a Kissi), Koindu Town Chief Moses Foryoh and Kissi Teng Chiefdom Speaker Fallah Jusu all travelled into Liberia today to use Liberia-based Radio Tambatenko to address entire Kissi clan in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on importance of cooperating with Health officials in combating this Ebola disease that has no cure. It is the only radio powerful enough to cover entire Kissi Kingdom spanning the three countries.
I am told the sensitisation, done in both the Kissi language and Krio was well received. I am also sad to report that two more of the Ebola patients have died in the Koindu environs and were buried in their villages without informing the authorities.
However, the sensitisation exercise today on radio (which will be repeated daily until next week) plus the upcoming Field Hospital of MSF in Koindu, might hopefully cause a reversal of the suspicion of the residents.I gather that Dr. Blyden is a special executive assistant to the president, and she's been mentioned in earlier posts like this one. She has some political enemies, but at the moment she's giving us information on Ebola that can't be found elsewhere.