The Medical Department of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), with financial support from the US Department of Defense HIV & AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), has launched an Ebola response in three communities in Monrovia.
The communities include Dwazohn community around the Edward Binyah Kesselley Military Barracks in Margibi County, Careysburg and Bong Mine Bridge in Montserrado County.
Speaking yesterday at the launch and distribution of the anti-Ebola prevention materials in Dwazohn, Margibi County, Lieutenant Victor Krah said the AFL was concerned about the well-being of these communities and their residents in the wake of the deadly Ebola virus and thought it wise to join the community in the fight against the disease.
He said the location of these communities makes it imperative to provide awareness activities, prevention measures and control of the infectious disease due to the social interactions between the military barracks and the surrounding communities.
Lt. Krah explained that, “The Ebola virus has been put under control within the AFL Barracks through training, awareness, preventive measures and the regular practices to avoid the disease. It is important to carry out training, awareness and sensitization, including distribution of buckets, Clorox, soap and hand washing stations within the proximity of the AFL barracks.”
He said that the exercise is in support of the Liberian Government and people’s efforts to eradicating the deadly Ebola virus to zero new infections in the country, adding that, “proximity communities need to benefit from training, awareness and assisted with materials to establish adequate hand washing among the residents.
“We are distributing 300 20 liter rubber buckets with installed faucets and other assorted items to community leaders, youth, religious, block and other groups, and increasing their knowledge on the prevention of the deadly Ebola virus.”
The team of AFL soldiers, mainly peer educators under the HIV& AIDS Prevention Program along with adolescent peer educators who are also children of soldiers from the Edward B. Kesselley Military Barracks, with DHAPP manager of the U.S. Embassy, monitoring the process.
Five soldiers and twelve adolescent peer educators residing in the barracks near the targeted communities will participate on a day-to-day basis until the exercise is completed, according to Lt. Krah.
In her remarks, the program manager of the U.S. Department of Defense for HIV & AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), Mona Sankoh called on the various communities to continue to observe the necessary preventive measures and remain safe from the Ebola virus.