By Foday Moriba Conteh
In a bid to complement the efforts of the Government to reach out to communities with preventive messages against the coronavirus, the Karene District Students Union on Thursday 16th April, 2020 concluded a 5 day door to door community sensitization on the causes and prevention of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) at Karene District starting in Kamakwie Township and ending up at Tambahka Chiefdom as part of the Union’s support towards curtailing the spread of the Covid-19 in the country.
Speaking to this Press, President of the Karene District Students Union, Benjamin Abu Turay, disclosed that the door to door sanitization was geared towards educating and creating awareness to prevent the transmission and spread of the coronavirus, adding that during the awareness raising they also donated soaps to all the communities they visited and residents were sensitized on hand washing as a preventive measure against contracting the current world pandemic.
He stated that the current sensitization drive is carried out as a way of complementing Government’s effort in the fight against CoVID-19 furthering how the awareness will enable beneficiaries to sensitize the community people especially on the mode of transmission, signs and symptoms as well as the preventive measures against COVID-19. Turay also highlighting that some communities in Karene District like Tambahka are border communities that they are at high risks.
He encouraged all to observe the necessary personal hygiene guides and to adhere to the directives of the Government. He also admonished them to adopt the practice of hand washing demonstrated to them in order to curtail the spared of the virus in the country.
He called on organizations and individuals to support the Union as saying they are currently challenged in terms of resources in order to continue the door to door sensitization.
Mariama Conteh, a resident of Karene, expressed delight for the inspirational and encouraging messages from KaDSU bordering on the importance of taking ownership of the fight against the coronavirus in the country. She urged residents to make good use of the messages and adhere to the preventive measures.
In appreciation, District Medical Officer, Karene District, Dr. Sheriff Chernor Jalloh hailed the team for taking such a venture describing it as a timely intervention at a moment like this when people need every awareness on coronavirus causes and prevention. He also underscored their assiduous and relentless work in tandem with other stakeholders to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.
A representative of the Paramount Chief for Sella Limba, Pa Balla Bangura also expressed appreciation to the Union for taking coronavirus awareness campaign to Karene District. He assured them of their support in carryout the said campaign in the district and called on residents of Karene District to ensure that they make good use of the information received and also implement the preventive measures.