This postal is one of the many films Sara had produced.
Sara D’ Great could be right for given the above title to his film 'Ebola don krase', meaning Ebola is mad.
Sara D’ Great is one of Sierra Leone’s finest comedian and actor who has earned himself image brand of the best comedian and film actor in the country.
Sara’s film Radicles the Ebola virus though a dreadful one that kills who so ever contacted it. But the ridiculing of the Ebola virus had not only come from a comedian, but some officials in high profile government offices have been playing cheap politics with the virus making it less important as if staff of the Ministry of Health and their international partners are mad in trying to tackle the virus from spreading in the other part of the county.
Sara D Great
There is this mantra that says 'the wise men come from the east", but it appears as if the Ebola outbreak in Siera Leone has proven this saying wrong.
It could be recalled that Ebola virus confirmed in eastern Sierra Leone On May 25th, 2014, health officials confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus in the eastern Kailahun district of Sierra Leone.
Medics staff treating Ebola patient in Sierra Leone
According to WHO, Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
The current Ebola outbreak was first reported in southern Guinea in February and soon spread to several districts within the country (including the capital city, Conakry). Liberia identified cases in March—although no new cases have been reported there since April 9th—and Sierra Leone is now the third country to report Ebola cases in West Africa. According to the WHO, there had, as of May 27th, been 281 cases and 186 deaths recorded (including probable and suspected cases) in total across the region, making it the worst outbreak in the past decade.
Listening to the popular radio program “Monologue” on Saturday 31st May, Sahr James who is reporting for Monologue in the eastern part of the country disclosed that the people of Kailahun and Kenema do not believe that Ebola Virus exist.
The reporter revealed that the people in that part of the country have it in mind that the Ebola virus is a political sickness. He added that the virus is a sickness the government is using to manipulate their donors to make believe that the Ebola Virus is in their district in order for the government to attract funds. Sahr James also said in his report , the people also believed that the government want to reduce the population in that part of the country, that is why they are scaring them with this kind of sickness so that the upcoming 2014 National Census will account for low population count as a result of the Ebola virus.
James also noted that people are linking the Ebola Virus to tradition, saying that the gods of the late herbalist who died as a result of the virus are angry.
This kind of perceptions people in the Ebola affected areas have about the Ebola Virus clearly speaks volume that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has failed in their part to give adequate sensitization about the virus in that part of the country.
The myths of the people about Ebola in Kailahun and Kenema were also acknowledged by the Minister of Health and Sanitation Miatta Kargbo by saying in an exclusive interview with Cockorioco online newspaper that the people in that part of the country are “gullible”.
On the program, the Chief Medical officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Dr. Brima Kargbo dismissed the ideas people have about Ebola. He confirmed to Sierra Leonean that Ebola Virus exists and it is in Sierra Leone. He also confirmed on radio that Kailahun now have 15 confirmed cases of Ebola 3 deaths. Freetown the capital has one suspected case,
He advised the people to take the below precaution of the Ebola virus, hence it a dreadful virus.
Key messages on Ebola prevention
1. Ebola is a severe infectious diseases that kills But can be prevented.
2. Go toa health facility immediately if you have sudden fever or diarhea or vomiting Or you have recently come into direct contact with wounds or of fluids of an infected person.
3. Ebola treatment is free in all government health facilities.
4. Help prevent Ebola by reporting all suspected cases immediately to the nearest health facility.
5. Do not share sharps such as needles, razor blades etc.
6. Avoid eating wilde animals especially monkeys, champanzees and bats.
7. Avoid eating fruits that bats or wild animals have eaten (bat mot).
8. Do not eat any animals found dead.
9. Handle patients with care and use protective wear like gloves, glasses and masks.
10. Wash hands with soap after touching sick people.
11. Diinfect clothing and beddings of suspected Ebola patients with bleach.
12. The body of someone who has died from Ebola is infectious. If someone has died from supected Ebola, do not was their body, limit unnecessary handling and alart a health workers immediatley.
13. If you suspected a case of Ebola, or need ore information, contact the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS). Free 117.
The Deputy Minister of Information and communications Theo Nicol on the government Thursday press briefing called on journalists to report on the Ebola Virus objectively and detached politics from reporting about the virus. He assured the press that his government is on top of the situation to tackle the virus in the country.
With all these information people have about the virus, made this reporter feels that Sara D Great could be right to have titiled his film ' Ebola don Krase'.
By: Sallieu Sesay: Mysierraleoneonline.com