The leadership of Christian-based Not-for-Profit, under the banner of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL), on Tuesday provided several bags of rice and assorted anti-Ebola materials to suspected Ebola patients that are quarantined in their homes across Montserrado County.
Officials of AEL, a network of Christian Churches in the country, provided bags of rice, buckets, soaps and disinfectants to the suspected Ebola patients beginning with those ‘quarantined’ at St. Francis Community, Block ‘A’ near the Black Geni on Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia.
Earlier in his presentation remarks to two families quarantined, AEL general-secretary, Rev. Isaac S. Wheigar, said the donation was in continuation of the group’s contribution to the fight against Ebola.
Previously, he said that the AEL had identified with several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), where the organization’s leadership donated a number of items for fighting and or preventing the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Montserrado County.
Members of AEL were pleased to identify with families affected by the deadly EVD across the county, where those quarantined outside Monrovia will be catered to at the same time.
“We have taken interest in assisting people afflicted by the deadly virus in the country. We have, therefore, decided to raise awareness of their plight to our partners and also identify with them,” he said.
St. Francis Block ‘A’ chairman, S. Kelvin Diahn, who received the donated items, lauded AEL for the gesture. He promised, on behalf of other members of the affected communities, that all quarantined families will receive at least a portion of whatever the AEL had donated to the community.
With a heavy heart, Mr. Diahn recalled how the St. Francis Block ‘A’ Community was badly hit during two successive outbreaks of by the Ebola virus, where over 12 persons from one of the quarantined families died.
That affected family; Mr. Diahn explained, has been quarantined three times, adding, “Whenever the 21 days is about to expire, another death will occur, thereby prolonging the period beyond 21 days.”
He pleaded with the AEL leadership to consider providing trauma counseling for quarantined individuals and survivors residing in the community to serve as life-saving measure for them.