Via Awareness Times: Internal Affairs Minister Assures Easterners.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Joseph Bandabla Dauda has reassured the people in the Eastern region of Government’s commitment to fight the Ebola Virus Disease. He made the assurance during an interview with Awareness Times reporter in Kenema recently while explaining the state of public emergency declared by H.E President Koroma, ratified and approved by Parliament.
The Internal Affairs minister said the declaration of the state of emergency came as a result of the clarion call by Sierra Leoneans on Government to implement robust actions to contain and eradicate the Ebola virus in the country. He pointed out that although the state of emergency instituted recently discourages the movement of people in and out of quarantined areas, it allows the movement of essential food commodities to sustain the livelihood of the people.
The Minister said the state of emergency will create a ripple effect on the economic and social life of people, but expressed optimism that if its regulations are adhered to during the stipulated period it will help to bring sanity in the fight against the Ebola.
Mr. J. B. Dauda described Ebola as a deadly disease, which eradication need stringent, robust and extra-ordinary measures. He noted that Ebola has claimed the lives of many people including health workers and appealed to all to abide by the regulations contained in the public state of emergency to mitigate further the spread of the viral disease.
Mr. J. B. Dauda informed the people of the Eastern region that as a Minister of Internal Affairs, his role is to ensure maximum security for the wellbeing of the state and called on the general public to help the security on the discharge of their duties especially on the current state of emergency.
He maintained that President Koroma has met with heads of state in the Mano-River Union, Liberia and Guinea to work out strategies to combat the Ebola, adding that a problem in any of the neighbouring countries would have a spill over effect on the other states.
On the request made by the people of Kenema for the relocation of the Ebola Management Centre outside the Kenema Government Hospital, J. B. Dauda said the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has been able to secure a land for that purpose.