In their quest to finally end the Ebola danger in the country, soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Ebola Response Team recently impacted some civilian-dominated communities near its Coast Guard Base on Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia.
The Team, which was commanded by the AFL Medical Command, created a full awareness on Ebola prevention and protection for the Coast Guard Base community dwellers.
The exercise, according to the latest edition of the AFL newsletter, The AFL Guardian, included the distribution of sanitary materials such as anti-Ebola buckets, soaps and several bottles of detergents.
The chairman of the Coast Guard Base Community, Sieh Togbor, termed the awareness exercise as the first of its kind in the community since the Ebola outbreak early last year.
“You are the first to teach this community all the necessary steps toward the prevention and protection against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), said Mr. Togbor.
He then expressed the community’s gratitude to the AFL for identifying with the residents in the time of need, such as the Ebola outbreak.
An influential resident of the community, Abraham Lawrence, also praised the AFL for the road maintenance. He expressed the hope that the soldiers would always return to extend a similar gesture when the need arises, “because the community dwellers were so proud of the military intervention.”
Meanwhile, the executive officer of the AFL Medical Command, First Lieutenant Victor Krah, commended the residents for cooperation with the soldiers as they went about implementing the awareness program.
The exercise became necessary when over eight AFL soldiers lost their lives to EVD last year at the Edward Biyan Kesselly (EBK), the home of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, near Camp Schefflin, Lower Margibi County.
In a related development, the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) has begun reconditioning the Kebbah Road in Barnersville, outside Monrovia.
Kebbah is a settlement in Montserrado County with more than 2,000 inhabitants, including Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., among other prominent citizens.
The community is also home to the Liberia Dujar Technical College which has an enrollment of over 300 students.
The Ministry, through its engineering department, started the project early last week and is expected to complete it ‘very soon.’
The reconditioning work is expected to cover the stretch of road from the Barnersville Health Center in Kebbah to the junction leading to the Barnersville Estate itself.