Ebola 42 Days Zero Infection Competition! WHO Gets the Award?
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara
Friday, 16 January 2015 20:28
It is not accurate to call this an event or a competition because quite often there is tradition behind the fluctuation of results in almost every district with the exception of Pujehun, and others that have been systematically recorded for zero infection. The truth here is that the Pujehun district in the south has emerged victorious over the other districts with uninterrupted successful zero infection cases.
In the fight to beat Ebola it is but now fitting for other districts including Western Area to compete with the other districts, following the foot- steps of the Pujehun district. The competition talking about here is a race sets for Western Area, and the zero and non- zero districts excluding ‘Pujehun’, the pride of Wanjama.
In this fight, behavior change, denial (trangayase), negative cultural and traditional beliefs are the set targets goal for the championship.
Sitting before the fire, with a cup of palm wine on her lap, Mamusu TennehK angbai, a mentally retarded 35 year old woman fumed at the Western Urban/Rural area Ebola results during the Championship(All-District Relay Race), and suddenly found herself on the ground with the palm wine all over her head. Mamusu, like a newly hatched chicken stood up and remarked, “I had a mental projection that both the Western Area Urban and Rural arrived at a 45 days zero rate tie at the same hour, same day, and respectfully emerged 2nd position, followed by Bombali 3rd position, covering 43 days zero infection rate”. She told her 10 year old daughter Anita who was busy preparing the fire for the next meal. “Mama, are you dreaming, this is a win for Bonthe district”.
“I tip Port Loko for the Second or Third position”, Martha Cole a survivor predicts. “But where are Koinadugu, Kailahun, Kenema, and Kono in this competition”? Sixteen ( 16) year old Dauda of Kamathor village replied, “I tip one of them for the 2nd position.
Momodu from Kambia sitting by the fire side, waiting to get his own share from the yam and goat soup, kept quiet.
The debate continues and after a while there was commotion, amid considerable noise as to why the argument about the pros and cons of who wins the competition.
In case you are fortunate to read this piece, let your prediction began to bubble inside your brain, and choose the winners for the 2nd and 3rd Ebola Zero Infection District Award.
SOMETHING AROUND FOR THE SECOND AND THIRD POSITIONS
2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
As the only community radio in the district headquarter town of Bonthe, Radio Bontico, increases its coverage span from 100 to 700 watts the national Co-ordinator of the Independent Radio Network (IRN), Ransford Wright, urges the station to give access to everybody and avoid being partisan.
“IRN is particular about the independence of its member radio stations. They must be non-partisan and should give a level playing field and access to everybody. That’s why we are called Independent Radio Network,” says Wright, adding that they will terminate the membership of any radio station that fails to adhere to this key value.
Wright’s appeal comes in the wake of a donation of complete brand new radio station equipment last week to Radio Bontico, thanks to IRN through support from UNESCO. The equipment includes a 700 watts transmitter, mixer, two desktop computers already installed with editing and production software, digital recorders, five microphones and five microphone table stands, and professional cables.
“AURE VOIRE” 2014 AND “BIEN VENUE” 2015: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
“It is an undeniable fact that life is a spider web of puzzles that are inextricably linked and enhanced and or impeded by nature and nurture”
“Yesterday they say is history, forget it; today is a challenge, face it; and tomorrow a dream, live it. However, it is how one borrowed leaves from yesterday to successfully face today’s challenges that can result to achieving tomorrow’s dreams”
ATTITUDINAL AND BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE PROGRAMME IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM!!
The launching of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) programme in the country was really in place and timely, especially the role it played during the 2012 general elections fever. Despite some Sierra Leoneans may see it as a political programme. However, whether it is or not, I think any honest patriotic and true nationalist Sierra Leonean will testify that President Ernest Bai Koroma’s initiative brainchild, ABC programme in the country was very useful and powerful, particularly in terms of bringing Sierra Leoneans more closer to each other because of their change of negative perception against one another and the country as a whole.
? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,168
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 14 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 4, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 1, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 6, Western Area Rural = 3, Missing = 0
Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 7,958 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 498, Kono = 235
Bombali = 979, Kambia = 146, Koinadugu = 103, Port Loko = 1,298, Tonkolili = 446
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 202, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,013, Western Area Rural = 1,109, Missing = 14
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,814
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Twenty eight million Leones (Le28m) has been given to the Small–Bo Chiefdom Ebola Task Force in Blama, Kenema District, by the Paramount Chief, Mohamed Dafie Benya, in complementing the effort of H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma in the fight against Ebola in the country.
Addressing the executive members of the Task Force at their office in Blama recently, the Coordinator of the Small–Bo Chiefdom Ebola Task Force, Ibrahim Wurie,said the purpose of the meeting was to give updates of their operations in the Chiefdom in December, 2014.
As new confirmed cases of Ebola continue to take a downward trend, the Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mr Mohamed Abdiker and its regional Director Carmela Godeau during a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, commended him for his effective leadership in the fight against the deadly virus.
The IOM has been involved in training frontline care workers and also in training personnel to secure the country’s borders.