Decontamination of Sengbe Pieh School starts March 16, 2015

Freetown, Mar 16, 2015 (MOHS) – The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and Action Aid has started the Decontamination of the Sengbe Pieh Secondary School at Hamilton village ahead of the Re-opening of Schools.

DecoMOHS Environmental Health and Sanitation Officers disinfecting beds in the Community Care Centre (CCC) in the school compound

The disinfection of the Ebola Community Care Centre in the School compound started on Monday March 16, 2015 with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Environmental Health and Sanitation Team disinfecting all the beds and the entire structure to provide a conducive safe and healthy environment for the Pupils.

Deco1Cross section of Sengbe Pieh Secondary School

Dr. Lynda Foray is the National School Health Programme Manager, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and says the Disinfection and rehabilitation of the School will be completed in two weeks, getting it ready for the Pupils and Staff.

Deco2National School Health Programme Manager, Dr. Lynda Foray

The National School Health Programme Manager encouraged Parent and Guardians to wipe off their fears as government and partners including community stakeholders have put in place safety measures for both Pupils and Staff.

The Headman of the Hamilton Village Morlai Conteh and the Senior Teacher of the School, Abdul Malik expressed gratitude to the government, the Health Ministry and Partners for the already rehabilitated toilets for the Teachers and Pupils, the proposed installation of Running water and the painting of the buildings, and beatification of the compound, which the Headman said would give a face lift to the School and getting the Children into a new environment.

Deco3Hamilton Village Headman, Morlai Conteh

The Hamilton village is bordered by the Ogoo Farm, Lakka, Mambo and Echo Centre communities. The Echo Centre was the community where 150 houses were quarantined and the same community where the two pupils of the school got infected with the Ebola Virus Disease leaving one dead.

Senior Teacher Abdul Malik said the School was founded in 1993 with over 800 Pupils on roll.

The Decontamination of Schools is also ongoing in the districts with MOHS District Health Management Teams, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, District Ebola Response Centres, Councils and partners.

JAK/MOHS