The Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom Kailahun District, P.C. Musa Ngoumbu Klah Kallon II, last evening presided over donation of protective clothing & chlorine donated by chiefdom descendants through MP for that constituency, Hon. Moiwa Momoh.
Speaking in exclusive with Awareness Times inside Daru Court Barray, the P.C. lamented that over 50 people including his beloved wife and his child had succumbed to death from Ebola in just that chiefdom.
“I knew all the deceased, they were all living healthily and happily just a month ago, prior to eternity” he disclosed adding that, some died at the Ebola Center in Kenema Government Hospital whilst others in the towns and villages or in places they had gone to hide.
The Paramount Chief, despite a state of mourning is actively engaged in organising tracing of contacts of Ebola patients through community volunteers. He introduced volunteers to entourage from Freetown.
In solemn voice, in a town that is currently in perpetual quietness as a result of a now too-frequent death toll, he said things "went beyond our worst expectations".
According to P.C. Kallon, the atmosphere in Daru had now become so tense in fear of Ebola that it was even worse than during the RUF civil war attacks. He however bravely told this paper that Jawei people were now ready to win the Ebola War in that part of the country.
He noted that despite “unfortunate initial problems”, the government of President Koroma and donor agencies were now "doing so well" and so their contribution must be hailed especially for now saving lives of Ebola cases that report early. He praised all dedicated health staff including all nurses who died.
The P. C called on government and donors to provide food aid, pointing out that farming, commercial and other economic activities have come to a halt.
“Many people now stay in their houses all day long just not to come in contact with other persons,” he disclosed.
He also expressed with tears that most of those who had got their demise via dreadful Ebola, were bread winners and current situation of their orphans is bad.
“The one who totaled the number to 51 Ebola deaths today was a tyre mechanic who used to make ends meets for several of his family members. Today, he is dead so where are we heading to?” he lamented.