The Traditional Healers Union has launched the “operation Bush-to-bush campaign” in the Kambia district to curtail the spread of the Ebola disease. The launch was pronounced during a meeting organized by Focus 1000 and Traditional Healers Union. Stakeholders of the district observed that some Traditional Healers are still practicing the treatment of patients and washing dead bodies.
The operation bush-to-bush campaign will strictly monitor other healers treating Ebola patients in the district against the Ebola bye-laws and precautionary measures of the Health and Sanitation Ministry.
President of the Traditional Healers Union Alhaji Sulaiman Kabba said since the outbreak of Ebola they have been engaging different herbalists across the country not to treat any sick person but refer them to the nearest hospital. He encouraged the Paramount Chiefs to enforce the byelaws by punishing defaulting healers.
The Chairman of the Kambia District Council Samuel Sankoh urged the healers to avoid treating Ebola patients. He encouraged those who are running away from quarantined homes to adhere to the 21 days incubation period.
Programme Director of Focus 1000 Abu Pratt said they decided to partner with the Traditional Healers Union to ensure Ebola is eradicated before the year ends.
The Paramount Chief Alimamy Lahai of Masumgbala, Kambia district, appealed to other NGOs to support them to engage other herbalists in the various chiefdoms in the district. He said most of the cases reported are caused by Traditional Healers.