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 Mr. Swarray added that the first three day of the campaign that they would target children in schools across the district.

 He said no house to house vaccination as parent should endeavor to take their children to the nearest health post. 

Paramount Chief Foday Momoh Gulama, of Kaiymba Chiefdom Moyamba District said chiefs across the district were part of the launching in order for them to cascade the campaign to their people.

“AS a member of the committee in health at council will ensure that all caregivers take their children to the nearest health post”. He stressed

 Chief Gulama said bye –laws will be re-enforced to ensure that caregivers take their children to clinics, as lot of awareness sessions have been done at community levels.

He said chiefs across the district will monitor the week long campaign to ensure that the district has 100 percent vaccination as well as to ensure that no child missed out.     A school is a place that should be conducive for pupils to feel comfortable to acquire education. Therefore, the environment should be safe whether rain or shine. But the rains in the morning hours of Tuesday 11th June, 2019 resulted to partial flooding of the Daniel Theodore Akibo Betts Municipal Primary School at tower Hill in Freetown.

Patricia Macauley is the Head Teacher of the Infant Section at the school. She informed AYV that this is not the first time erosion and flooding is happening at the school.

According to her, the cause of the erosion is a result of gravel and dirt that had collected and filled the drainage at the back of one of the school reaching window level and whenever it rains, water flows through the window flooding the classrooms.

The Head Teacher went on to say that one of the reasons why the school authority didn’t clear the drainage before the rainy season is because the school received subsidy very late from government; adding that they normally use the subsidy to do maintenance and other works around the school.

She used the opportunity to call on government to construct a retaining wall to halt the annual erosion and prevent flooding of the classrooms which occurs every year.

Adeola Mason is a teacher at the said school and she witnessed the flooding in one of the classes. He said the flooding interrupted teaching and that when water gushed into the school, the pupils were in disarray because they were not comfortable in such an environment.

 

He added that the only solution to the problem would be to construct a retaining wall around the school to prevent further erosion and flooding occurrences.

As education is one of President Bio’s key priorities, it is necessary for government to look into the concerns of this school.

 

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