Via Awareness Times, an interesting but very pro-government news story: APC Women’s Congress in Emergency Response to Ebola … triggers mass grass root sensitization drive on Ebola crisis. Excerpt:
The outstanding and inspirational President of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) National Women’s Congress, Madam Elizabeth Mans has called an Emergency meeting to strategize against Ebola in the Western Area.
The Strategic Meeting for women stakeholders inside the Western Area, was held at the APC headquarters in Freetown on 10th July 2014. Madam Mans invited all 21 Western Area constituency chairladies, their deputies, district chairladies and other officers of the National Women’s Congress in a bid to activate the women of the party in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus currently affecting the nation.
Everyone was advised to make sure that they direct the operation in every constituency and zone. The leadership informed that plans are underway to secure buckets, chlorine, gloves and other equipment for the proposed seventy-seven (77) centres where active sensitization and immediate response will be conducted.
The 77 centres constitute 46 structured markets and the 10 make-shift markets, including the 21 constituencies. The leadership is advocating for a fully equipped facility in the 77 centres.
Training will be conducted by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation officials on how to respond to suspected cases of Ebola within their locality, skills necessary for contact tracing and isolation and effective methods of sensitization (which involves translating sensitization messages to major languages, conducting radio/TV discussions/jingles etc).
They further discussed the airing of DVD Ebola sensitization in major centres like bus stops, cinemas, schools and market places. They highlighted the use of megaphones for a more effective social engagement.
The meeting had in their midst one of its own members who is a medical expert Madam Zulai Hassan Cooper representing the party at the Ministry of health task force. According to Zulai Hassan Cooper the threat of Ebola is very serious and must not be down played. She intimated that it has no cure but can be prevented.
In explaining the signs and symptoms of Ebola, she said: it starts with very high fever, then a victims cough, sneeze, urine, feces, tears and sweat is mixed with blood. At this point they will begin to experience body/joint pains and some develop a skin rash.
In terms of prevention, Madam Zulai said, chlorine and Clorox are the most potent anti-agents for Ebola than sanitizers. The membership was advised that in using the protective kits after handling suspected cases, the kits must be disposed. She gave the emergency number which is ‘117’ on all communication networks.