By Foday Fofana in Magazine
It has been confirmed last night that the hot spot in Freetown, Magazine Wharf has recorded nine confirmed Ebola cases within the last two weeks.
Councilor Abu Asief Khanu (Abu Yankra) who made the disclosure to New Vision said four hundred and five (405) people in thirty six (36) houses have so far been quarantined within the Magazine community.
Of this number, he said, eighty seven of them have been taken to the voluntary and quarantine home at the Police Training School at Hastings.
He said this came about after the June 17th 2015 incident when one person who escaped from a quarantine home in Port Loko tested positive of Ebola at 15 Magazine Wharf.
Councilor Yankra emphasized that “the entire exercise is geared towards eradicating Ebola in the community.”
He said UNICEF is intensifying Ebola messages to remove all sick persons from Magazine.
Councilor Yankra said “people still have a very high level of denials as well as the practice of hiding sick persons in their houses in addition to the pervasive lawlessness within the community.
He said there are 101 trained social mobilizers including SMAC/GOAL, Health for All Coalition (HFAC), IOM and Red Cross working in community.
The dynamic and youthful APC politician disclosed that they have 150 community volunteers comprising stakeholders and youths who are doing house to house search for sick people in collaboration with epidemiologists, contact tracers and disease surveillance officers.
There is presently a huge military support to the Ebola special task force in Magazine Wharf at the wash hand check points and exit points.
UNICEF is taking the lead to coordinate the entire mobilization process, providing both technical and logistical support in partnership with Wealth Hunger Life, WHO, MSF and CDC” Councilor Yankra concluded.