Via Awareness Times: Njaluahun Blame Government for Rapid Spread of Ebola. Excerpt:
Sequel to rapid increase of Ebola infection and death in the Kailahun District several indigenes of Njaluahun Chiefdom Kailahun District on Sunday 8th June 2014, blamed the government for levity over the situation.
At a meeting organized by the Hon. Abu Jajua of Kailahun representing Constituency 07, at the National Stadium in Freetown, Njaluhun people vehemently condemned the transfer of affected Ebola cases all the way to Kenema City contrary to what their MP earlier proposed.
The people said the government was not really treating the issue of Ebola as compared to the dreadfulness of the disease. According to them the epidemic needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness pointing out that even when the disease was initially confirmed in Koindu instead of taking a strong position some government officials started trivializing it and even went ahead to insult or blame the victims.
Several Kailahun residents said when the Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma, Dr. Sylvia Blyden tried to bring the attention of the whole country in order to galvanize support, other government officials and some media gurus went on the rampage to not only insult her but to ridicule her.
In his statement, a member of the Njauluahun Descendants Association, Mr. James Momoh said regarding the dreadful nature of the heinous disease it was wrong to travel with the patients to Kenema adding that transportation will also cause it to spread in that city. He therefore recommended for a special center to be constructed at Daru rather than spreading the disease in the Kenema City.
He said it was saddening that medical officials are the highest victims comparing the record of death of infectious health personnel, while speculating that most of them who contacted the disease were not using safety gears. He also blamed the Ministry of Health for complicating the educative messages on Ebola adding that if you tell someone that if he had the disease he will die even at initial stage then he or she will prefer to stay at home and die.
Even though Hon. Jajua tried to explain the reasons why the decision was taken to transfer patients to Kenema; the sophisticated nature and advanced facilities present at the Kenema Laser Department, all the speakers kicked against the proposal.