Daily ebola reporting from Freetown via OnOurRadar

Reposted from ebola.OnOurRadar.org

Riots in Kono after Ebola team intervention

– Mariama Jalloh, Kabala

“There was riot in Kono yesterday…I heard the information in the night so I called my friend living in Kono to find out more. According to her, an old woman was sick and the Ebola team came to carry her away. Her relatives refused, so there was a quarrel which locals got involved with. The police started firing and two civilians allegedly lost their lives.”

“They said they are going to stay in the forest as they will be better able to protect themselves from this trouble”

– Mariama Jalloh

Coping is not easy – in fact, I want to share this story with you:

I met two women in the market buying some basic things. They said they are going to stay in the forest with their family, as they will be better able to protect themselves from this trouble.

They said the illness is worse than the war, because we cannot see it.

“We are determined to fight to win back our status as an Ebola-free district”

“We are so worried…we are in trouble now… Everybody is praying for survival.”

Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu district was the only district in the country to have successfully kept the Ebola virus at bay, until Wednesday when two cases were confirmed. This has caused panic in the community.

John F Sillah reports on the community’s response and their determination to regain its status as an Ebola free district.

Read the full story on Channel 4 News: 

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“People are beginning to think Ebola is a man made disease”

-Mohamed Camara

People are beginning to think Ebola is a man made disease as only man made diseases have an end date and natural diseases do not.

The local radio show Monologue, mostly listened to by Sierra Leoneans revealed that, according to the government, Ebola will be eradicated by November. The show also said that some patients who have been admitted are not Ebola positive.

“The 117 team says people are responsible of complaints about corpses left on the streets”

On Tuesday in Freetown clashes broke out between security forces and people protesting against delays in removing a corpse of an Ebola victim.

– Mohamed Kamara

The 117 team said the people are responsible because when they are called and arrive to collect a corpse, people stop them and they must provide the results [if it is an Ebola case or not] before going away with the body, so this is why there are complaints about corpses left in the streets.

“In this part of the country most students don’t own radios”

-Moses Kortu 

In this part of the country, students are not able to listen to the radio; most of them don’t own radios. This is farming time, parents are looking for food- how will they tell their children to listen when there is no food at home. Generally, children in this community are not benefiting from it.

“The country’s level of education is very poor and not all parents are educated to guide their children”

Sierra Leone government officials launch a project that offers lessons via the radio for children as schools are closed indefinitely.

-Mohamed Camara 

The education program on the radio is not really necessary for primary school because when we take a look at the country’s level of education, it is very poor and not all parents are educated to guide their children. Not all parents listen to the radio nor have someone to stay by their kids, and because of all this my mother said she will prefer my young brother to wait until school reopens and will not waste time on the radio.

 

“The ban of bike riders (“okada”) has been lifted on the 11th of October in the city of Makeni.”

– Sixty Kamara

The ban of bike riders (“okada”) has been lifted on the 11th of October in the city of Makeni by the Resident Minister-North Alie D. Kamara. As reported previously, on the 29th of September there were false rumours about the end of Ebola spread by bike riders. This led to the ban. Now the Minister raised four points regulating bikes circulation: bikes must be licenced and insured; there will be no underage riders allowed; bikes must be registered; and riders should obtain licences. Above all, only bike riders are allowed to travel between 7 am and 7 pm.

“Workers have threatened to down their tools today following the non-payment of their allowances”

– Abu Bakarr Kargbo

Workers at the Ebola case management centre at the government hospital in Kenema have threatened to down their tools today following the non-payment of their allowances for over four weeks now. It has been confirmed that the Ebola case management centre at the government hospital in Kenema is presently housing 7 confirmed Ebola patients and  10 awaiting laboratory results.

313 children in Sierra Leone have lost their parents to Ebola

(image: Tamba Tengbeh)

-Tamba Tengbeh 

The Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (SLANGO) meet to discuss the role of the Ministry of Social Welfare towards orphans who lost their parents due to the Ebola epidemic.

There are 313 orphans in Sierra Leone so far, according to the Gender Advocacy Officer, the Ebola focal person, and the Ministry of Social Welfare.

 

“The way cars and vans were overloaded is my concern…touching, sweating might be [fateful]“

-Sixty Camara 

Muslims prayed their congregational prayers in different places including the town field (Wusum) during Eid, where they took water and soap and even preached on the preventive methods of the epidemic. But the way cars and vans were overloaded is my concern, as the touching, sweating might be [fateful] if ebola affected are amongst.

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