By Sorie Fofana………….
President Ernest Bai Koroma’s determination to tackle the spread of the deadly Ebola virus cannot be gainsaid. The President has shown firm leadership in mobilizing the nation behind him, in the fight to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately, the President has paid no heed to calls for him to declare a State of Emergency in Kenema and Kailahun Districts, the epicenter of the deadly Ebola virus disease.
The movement of people should be restricted in those two districts to avoid a rapid spread of the deadly virus. It will not be a bad idea if a ninety-day State of Emergency is declared in Kenema and Kailahun districts until we get rid of this deadly virus, once and for all.
President Koroma should consider the possibility of visiting Ebola affected areas, if not for anything, but to show compassion for the loss of lives in those areas.
If the spread of Ebola is not contained in time, the international community will quarantine Sierra Leone and prevent our nationals from entering Europe, America and even Asia.
The fight to curtail the spread of the contagion should not be left in the hands of the Ministry of Health alone. All hands must be put on deck to stop this deadly contagion from spreading across the country .
President Koroma should listen to important people and institutions who have called on him to declare a State of Emergency in Kenema and Kailahun. That is what common sense dictates at this point in time.
We hope that the President will now climb down from his Ivory Tower and visit Ebola affected areas in the Eastern Province. That is what leadership is all about.
If this contagion is not contained, multi-national companies like Addax Bio-energy, London Mining and even African Minerals will suspend all their operations in the country leading to the collapse of our fragile economy.
Secret burials of Ebola victims is becoming a daily occurrence in the South/East and even in the Northern Region. The spate at which Ebola is killing our people is alarming. This is a national crisis that requires a national approach.
Because of the high death toll, some people are now asking a simple but very important question: Is Ebola really getting out of hands?
Let us all come together and help the government in sensitising our people about this deadly contagion. A stitch in time saves nine.
Let Us Pray For Our Country.