A locally based non-governmental organization, under the banner Bomi Citizens Against Ebola (BCAE), has trained 50 community-based health practitioners in Tubmanburg, Bomi County as Ebola contact tracers.
The training was intended to deploy health workers in four districts in Bomi to trace the contacts Ebola-infected persons.
The program, held recently in the county, brought together local government officials, district commissioners, chiefs and traditional leaders to find amicable solution to eradicate the disease from the country.
Communities which took part in the training workshop included Klay, Singe, Duwein and Suehn- Mecca districts, It was facilitated by experts from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The CDC’s Dr. Neil Vora said the team is in Liberia to work with the national government and local counties’ health-based organizations, such as the BCAE, to help kick Ebola out of the country.
Dr. Vora noted that the training was important because it was the kind of approaches that other countries used to defeat the deadly disease.
Also, WHO expert, Dr. Richard Luce, used the occasion to encourage the trainees to take the opportunity seriously and go back in their respective communities to sensitive people on the dangerous of virus as well as helping them to keep on the safe side.
Dr. Luce also emphasized the need for traditional leaders and local leaders to lead the fight against Ebola.
At the same time, BCAE used the occasion to launch the Bomi Citizens Against Ebola in the county to help eradicate the disease.
Launching the program, Assistant Health Minister for Vital Statistics, Mr. Samford Wesseh, lauded the organization for the initiative.
Minister Wesseh told the audience that government is ready to work with any county or organization that will take the Ebola fight very seriously.
He then called on Liberians not to relent until Liberia is free of Ebola.
According to him, “Bomi could never be free of Ebola, until the whole of Liberia is free of the disease.”
In addition, the Commissioner of Duwein District, Folley Siryon, acknowledged BCAE for the opportunity by training the first Ebola contact tracers in the county.
Commissioner Siryon promised to work with other district commissioners in the county to fight the disease.
BCAE is an organization of concerned citizens founded to help the Bomi County Ebola Task Force and Health Team in the fight against the Ebola disease.