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.
The people of Kathiri Village, Sella Limba Chiefdom in Bombali District have disclosed that they will never forget AMR Gold Exploration Company, for supporting the formation of an Artisanal Mining Cooperative that is currently bettering their lives.
The Cooperative, with a hundred members - comprising mostly young people - is in line with the government’s campaign to properly regulate and manage artisanal mining, as required by the Mines and Minerals Act 2009.
AMR Gold is not only providing technical support, but funding the cooperatives to enable them to pay the salaries of their workers, and teach the artisanal miners effective and efficient mining practices targeting recoveries of 90% of the mineral present.
The revenues from the sale of the Coltan will be distributed according to the agreements entered into between AMR Gold and the Cooperatives and it is hoped that a portion of the funds will be used to support community development programmes.
The Editor of Salone Times Newspaper, Thomas Dixon, on Tuesday 8 December2015, apologized to Parliament for publishing a misleading story on the Ministry of Information and Communications’ budget that was before the Sub- Appropriation Committee Three, chaired by Hon. Benneh Bangura.
Presenting his apology at the Conference Room of Parliament, Thomas Dixon, against a backdrop of evidence presented, including sections of the Parliamentary Standing Orders and of the 1991 Constitution premised on contempt of parliament, promised to do a retraction and apologize to Parliament (for failing to follow procedures and presenting inaccurate figures).
Earlier, the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay, welcomed journalists, describing the meeting as a family discussion.
Female circumcision – “women must have the right to choose” ...says Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu
Sierra Leonean-American medical anthropologist, Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD is calling for an end to what she describes as Zero Tolerance Propaganda Campaigns.
Dr. Ahmadu made the pronouncement on Friday, February 5 a day ahead of the United Nations (UN) 13th anniversary of International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
She said a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicating female circumcision in the USA has more than double is spurious.
The UN describes FGM as a procedure that alters or injures the female genitalia for non medical reasons, a practice recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. The UN has a "specific target" in its Sustainable Development Goals to wipe out the practice by 2030.
Alie Kabbah cannot ignore questions around Personality
Imagine a highly educated person who has lived most of his adult life in the United States of American and seen politics at work in that part of the world tells you not to focus on ‘Personality’ but on ‘Issues’ – policies, programmes and manifestos - in choosing your leaders. I take ‘Personality’ to mean the character, private life and also track record.
Well, if you had listened to the Radio Program 101 moderated by veteran Journalist David Tam-Baryoh over the weekend, this was what Alie Kabbah alluded to. It was the most used phrase in his interview. He promised us that his campaign for flag bearer will not focus on personalities.
As the heaven could have it, the closest Tam-Baryoh came to asking a question bothering on Personality was to say he was not going to ask questions relating to the bigamy case against Kabbah so as not to prejudice justice.
On 25th February, President Koroma will lead his Government to London, for the UK-Sierra LeoneTrade & Investment Forum: the country’s most significant investment outreach in recent years. Organised by DMA in partnership with SLIEPA and supported by UN, ECOWAS, Mano-River Union, FCO,UKTI;the visit will outline the opportunities that exist to foreign investors, as well as the government’s broader economic development.
Since 2001, Sierra Leone has enjoyed peaceful government transitions, some of the highest-ranking GDP growth rates in the world and continues to remain committed to attracting quality international investment into the country.
The UK-Sierra Leone Trade & Investment Forum is an important part of Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola economic recovery plan where HE President Koroma will present his Government’s agenda to restore and strengthen private sector growth and to encourage new inward investment.
Hon. Amadu Fofanah alias Fofie has assured the public that the outcome of the Parliamentary investigation on an allege insult and demolition at Fergusson will be explained to them at the end of it all.
His pronouncement comes following a Ministry of Defence in a press conference held on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 for the first time spoke on the status of an ongoing Parliamentary Defence and Presidential Affairs
Oversight Committee investigation in an allege case of insult, demolition and raining of tyranny involving a certain military personnel, Hon. Fofie and constituents of constituency 109 .
State drops state of emergency charge against SLPP supporters
The State on Wednesday dropped the charge under the emergency regulation against 12 SLPP supporters in Kenema and the former Regional Senior Human Rights Officer for the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone .
The 13 are standing trial in the Kenema Magistrate Court after they were arrested on Independence Day in 2015 on allegations of illegal gathering, riotous conduct, incitement and other related matters.
In dropping the count charge, Senior State Counsel Monfred Sesay told the court that he was applying to amend the formation of count 5 which was an offence charged under the Public Emergency Regulation "which we do not want to proceed with so it's left now with 10 counts" .The lead Prosecution lawyer said.
A member of parliament who is also a paramount chief, Hon Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Kasanka III, in his contribution in the ongoing debate of President Koroma’s national address in Parliament, condemned the resurgence of ebola in his native Tonkolili, northern Sierra Leone.
Hon Bai Kurr said the resurgence of ebola is actually an unfortunate situation, something that should be further investigated – to the applause of many in the House.
Hon Bai Kurr also thanked President Koroma for his leadership skills and for being an exemplary president, who has a lot of achievements under his belt.