ABIC, Youth to Join in the Ebola Fight

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The Executive Director of the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) has called on all Liberians to join in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus by engaging themselves into what she described as “Citizens in charge.”

Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh said there is not enough awareness and sensitization on Ebola in the country and many still doubt the existence of the killer disease.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Monrovia on Thursday September 11, Cllr. Wureh called for “Citizens’ Action that will involve more young people in the process to carry out the message.”

She said Citizens’ Action will help the process greatly since the Liberian government cannot do all, and does not have all the capacity to protect every one.

She said the ABIC is working with its partnering, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which donated US10, 000.00 for the Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign.

The ABIC initiative, she said is doing it without the involvement of the Liberian government.

On the role of the youth, in the impending Citizens Action campaign, she said, the youth will need protective gears while others will carry verbal message about the Ebola prevention in the various communities.

The campaign will be held under the theme: “Spread the word, not the virus,” she said and will last for two weeks, another three months for monitoring and evaluation.

Every citizen has to do what is right, Cllr. Wureh said, adding, “This is not time for political games. Let us stop bringing in politics and show to the people that we are in a serious crisis. We all must move this forward. We want no more new cases.”

“What we want to focus on now is the issue of contact tracing, psycho-social counseling, effective management of the dead bodies, all of which will lead to containing the virus,” she said.

She concluded that “Contact tracing and containment are very important because it will help our citizens. We will train some of our youths for these interventions.”

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