22 October 2014 - CODEP Trains Religious Leaders and Traditional Healers on Ebola in Waterloo

We set out below the text from an article from Awareness Times which is all about the recent healer’s forum. The article itself can be found here.

CODEP Trains Religious Leaders and Traditional Healers on Ebola in Waterloo

In helping the Government of Sierra Leone contain and stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country, a UK based organization called Construction and Development Partnership (CODEP), has on Saturday the 18th October 2014 ended a one day training workshop on Ebola sensitization for Religious Leaders and Traditional Healers in Waterloo.

The training targeted all the religious leaders and traditional healers within the Western Area Rural District. Speaking at the workshop, the Logistics Manager of CODEP who also doubles as a trustee for Build on Books (BOB), Mrs. Rosetta Nancy Kargbo said that, Build on Books (BOB) has done a mini training of a workshop of such nature in early October this year at Kwama community as a test case to see the outcome and concerns of those they targeted.

She continued by saying that due to its success, Build on Books (BOB) brought the initiative to CODEP for funding and it was done, which was the reason why they decided to target the whole Western Area Rural District. Mrs. Rosetta Nancy Kargbo encouraged the participants to obey the public emergency rules in the fight against this scourge.

Rev. Father Francis Parkinson of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Kwama community, on behalf of other religious leaders, commended Build on Books (BOB) for such an initiative and CODEP for providing funding to complement the efforts of Government in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He said that as religious leaders, they have to contribute immensely in sensitizing their congregation on Ebola or else, God will hold them responsible.

For her part, Chief Ya Alimamy of Waterloo said it is now incumbent on the traditional healers union to ensure all members adhere to the Government’s laws to stop giving traditional treatment to patients whose illness cannot be ascertained.

“Avoid treating patients to prevent yourself from contracting the deadly Ebola disease and to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus” She lamented.

Mohamed Gaddafi, President of the Western Area Indigenous Traditional Healers Union said as a union, from what they have learned, they have decided to educate and warn their members across the country about the dangers of the Ebola disease so that they would abstain from treating sick people.

He added that he will emphasize that juju cannot heal Ebola. He expressed appreciation on behalf of his executive to CODEP for the training workshop, adding that they had felt left alone or seen as bad people spreading the pandemic.

In her closing remarks, Mrs. Rosetta Nancy Kargbo said that traditional healers should stop giving treatment to sick people to avoid contracting the virus because the symptoms of the Ebola Virus is similar to other local diseases that traditional healers in the country have been curing over the years. She pledged that Build on Books (BOB) with support from CODEP have been helping the Government of Sierra Leone to educate and sensitize people across the country.

The training workshop also attracted Chiefs and other local authorities to know their roles in combating this dreadful killer Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).”

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