By Emmanuel okyne
State Enroll Community Nurse, Elizabeth Sesay, has disclosed to SPECIMEN during the Polio and Birth registration Campaign organized by UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation that the EVD hindered the campaign.
Nurse Kargbo said working in some villages under quarantine was very challenging for health workers because the campaign was a house to house process.
She said community people perceived health workers negatively because of EVD, adding that whenever they set eyes on health workers they hid their children in their homes.
The community nurse said in some villages the chiefs were able to prevail on their subjects to allow their under-five children to take the vaccines.
Nurse Kargbo said some parents claimed that during the last campaigned in June their children developed high fever and ‘will not allow their children to take the vaccine’.
She also disclosed that the number of lactating mothers visiting the health facility in the district dropped drastically, noting that Thursday, which is the Visit Clinic day for pregnant women, used to have over 80 pregnant women with only 20 -25 now visiting.
Nurse Kargbo further disclosed that the district recorded over 39 malnourished children who are presently treated Outpatient Therapeutic Programme [OTP].
DMO of PortLoko district, Tom sesay in an interview said they were able to cover 95 percent during the campaign, adding that people are still living in fear as the EVD is still in our midst.
The DMO disclosed that quarantine homes in the district would be administered after they completed the twenty- one days quarantine period.