The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has trained about 45 farmers including forest users on the preventive measures of the deadly human killer disease— Ebola.
The FAO three-day interactive training was held at the conference hall of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata with participants drawn from five counties. The training workshop started Monday, 15 and ended on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Participating counties include Bomi, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, and Montserrado Counties.
Speaking to the Daily Observer in Kakata, the National Consultant for Rapid Response against EVD, FAO, Dr. Etagegnehu D. Belayneh, said the training is part of FAO way to create awareness on the EVD for farmers and forest users with special emphasis for native people (farmers) who cannot read and write and have no chance to get healthcare and hygienic information easily.
She furthered that the awareness help create bridge linkage between the communities and EVD taskforce in each county as well as district for fast reporting of contact cases and contact tracing.
According to the FAO National Consultant for Rapid Response against EVD, participants are trained to help train other farmers who were not opportune to form part of the training exercise.
She said participants are expected to get back to the communities and to pass on knowledge learnt from the training to others especially community volunteers, women groups, youth for fast transmission of the EVD prevention and control messages already developed by MOH and its international partners.
Dr. Belayneh places the overall objectives of the FAO/UN as supporting the Liberian government ongoing effort in the country to fight against the deadly pandemic “Ebola”.
She said the training is being carried out in three regions including: region one, Kakata with five counties, Gbarnga City, Bong County, and Grand Gedeh County. The FAO training is under the theme: Rapid Response Against Ebola Prevention and control.