Advocacy Group Wants Gov’t Create “Specific Hospitals” to Contain Ebola

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A local advocacy group, Green Cities Incorporated, is calling on the government of Liberia to create specific hospitals in order to contain the deadly Ebola virus among the people. 

Speaking to reporters at the group’s office in Monrovia, the chief executive officer (CEO) of GCI, James K. Mulbah, called on the national government to help identify “specific hospitals,” that will deal with only suspected Ebola cases.  Such hospitals would not treat people non-Ebola related ailments (e.g. pregnant women).

“We want to call on  GOL to provide specific hospitals in the country that will deal with Ebola situation… in order to avoid further spread of  the virus to others part of the country,” he said.

He expressed the belief that, “If the government can only have Ebola suspected patients in a specific hospital or clinic, [that] will help curtail some of the viral spread to other places. We need hospitals or clinics for some of these deadly diseases, including HIV/AIDS, with trained doctors and nurses [prepared to contain] the outbreak of such an  epidemic.” 

Speaking at the completion of an Ebola training session, Mr. Mulbah said his organization thought it prudent to encourage young people by educating and sensitizing  them on the ways of containing the deadly Ebola virus and prevent its spread to other communities and counties.

“We have five communities where the awareness and sensitization on the epidemic have been completed,” he said.

The training of the young people about the deadly Ebola virus is intended to avoid panic and encourage people to the right preventive measures to contain the disease.

“We want to encourage young people across the country not to be in panic because of the outbreak, but to take the necessary preventive measures to ensure you are safe.  We need to spread the message of how one can be free of the Ebola virus,” said Mr. Mulbah.

He noted that failure to deal with garbage in so many parts of Monrovia in this current Ebola crisis was further complicating the fight against the virus and causing serious problems for many people in various communities around the capital city.

He told beneficiaries to focus on training other people in their communities to help eradicarte the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, through the necessary protective measures,  especially for the  illiterate in our society.

“Today, we have given you some protective gears, including safety masks for the face, hand-gloves, nose mask and the entire safety suits. Using those materials will prevent young people from contracting the virus,” Mr. Mulbah said.    

One of the beneficiaries, J. Dennis Weah, said he was grateful for the opportunity to be part of the first training sesson on the Ebola virus.

“The training was very unique and we were given some basic ideas of how to contain the virus.  We are returning to our various communities to spread information on some of the preventive measures, such as avoiding body contact with others [and] shaking-hands.”

According to  Weah, the issue of fear was also creating additional problems for people; but he promised to provide the right awareness in his community to ensure that the virus is curtailed.

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