ABIC Takes Ebola Awareness to Markets

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 The Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Liberia office yesterday launched a massive Ebola Awareness campaign at the Rally Time Market on UN Drive in Monrovia.

Yesterday’s activities were in collaboration with the youths and marketers, and are expected to include all markets in Monrovia as well as in the counties.

The ABIC Ebola awareness campaign was launched under the theme “Spread the Word, not the Virus.”

The center is run on the basis to unite women to lift the world with the latest intention to stop the Ebola’s denial and to join the fight against the EVD together.

ABIC’s Establishment Coordinator, Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh, stressed the importance of keeping in place several preventive measures in the fight against the containment of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from further spread.

“It is important to start with you the marketers because you carry the economy of any nation in your hands. Since Ebola is real, know that we too are real, and are therefore going to win the fight,” Cllr. Wureh told the marketers to a round of applause.

According to her, there are enough awareness and sensitization messages spread on the Ebola that the ABIC has put in place. Therefore, she challenged all Liberians, among them, members of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA).

Earlier in her welcome remark, LMA general coordinator, Madam Nancy S. Yolla, decried the existence of the EVD, which she said, is more fatal than the 14 long years the country suffered up to 2003.

UNFPA Regional Advisor, Dr. Remi Sogunro, in a statement of encouragement to a cross-section of the marketers, promised to continue the fight until the EVD is eradicated from Liberia as well as from the surface of the earth, “because we will train every household to kick against the spread of the disease across the country.”

He then urged the marketers to exert every effort in the fight against the disease, because according to him, they are the front liners in the war against the spread of the Ebola virus since they deal with lots of people.  

For Gender and Development Minister, Julia Duncan- Cassell, she expressed gratitude to ABIC for brining on board the youths on the campaign to create the awareness.

 Already, the ABIC is working with its partner, the UNFPA, which donated US$10, 000 for the Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign.

Other persons who spoke at yesterday’s occasion by urging the marketers and other Liberians to abide by preventive measures, particularly to keep the environments kempt as parts of the fight against the EVD were Monrovia City Mayor, Madam Clara Doe-Mvogo, and Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, among others.

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