One of Liberia’s oldest townships, Gluzon Town, over the weekend proudly and for the first time benefitted from pump-buckets, chlorine and soaps to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Gluzon in the Bassa language means under the rope. It was founded in 1902, and is located in Louisiana Township, Upper Montserrado County. It has over 147 residents.
Town Chief Elijah Davies, on behalf of the town, expressed appreciation to the local women and children’s group, Global Vision for Women and Children, Incorporated (GVWC), for the Ebola prevention supplies.
“We are happy, not because of the buckets, soaps and chlorine, but because it is the first time we have received such things since the outbreak of Ebola in the country,” the town chief said.
Mr. Davies, 38, encouraged other local and international institutions as well as their District Representative Josephine Francis, to emulate GVWC’s example.
In a rather happy tone, the town chief stated that since the health crisis, none of his people have contracted or died from the virus.
The town chief revealed that the three main strategies he used and is still using is frequently washing hands, avoid touching people and forbidding strangers to sleep in the town.
He named Otis Gaharpah, Jarkon Morris, and Randolph Williams, as the town’s watchmen.
GVWC is based in the Old Road Community, Monrovia.
According to its founder and executive director, Madam Catherine Johnson, makes similar donations in and outside of Monrovia as a way to intensify the anti-Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign.
A 2007 retired Lab Technician at the John F. Kennedy Hospital, Madam Johnson said that prior to commencing their campaign, the self-supported organization designed a communication strategy geared towards combating the rapid spread of the world’s largest and most deadly Ebola virus epidemic.
Utilizing prepared and approved Ministry of Health and Social Welfare awareness messages, volunteers carried out community outreach and Jehovah Witness campaign (door-to-door) activities, especially in the Old Road community and the Township of Louisiana.
The GVWC director stressed that the government and its international partners alone cannot eradicate the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Instead, it must take the collective effort of every individual, institution as well as development partners in the country to defeat the virus.
Besides distributing assorted Ebola prevention materials, GVWC is also engaged in agriculture. It has 15 acres of land planted in cassava in Bomi County and eight acres planted in Gluzon Town.
The organization is seeking partnership with other likeminded entities to strengthen its humanitarian efforts.