A massive awareness and sensitization campaign against the deadly Ebola virus under the banner of Citizens Action Against Ebola (CAAE) has ended in seven administrative districts in Lofa County.
However, initial preparations for the Ebola virus awareness and sensitization activities were characterized by some serious challenges and constraints that ranged from financial and logistical constraints in Monrovia and the various districts of Lofa County.
The Ebola virus awareness and sensitization initiatives were carried out during the height of the medical crisis for almost six weeks by volunteers of the CAAE’s leadership in Lofa County.
Historically, CAAE-Lofa Focus was organized to respond to emergency situations in all parts of Lofa County.
During the month-long Ebola virus awareness, the CAAE-LF leadership and its dedicated volunteers were able to distribute dozens of anti-Ebola materials in highly entrenched cultural and religious communities.
In addition, during the awareness activities, community residents and citizens were taught the uses of the different kinds of anti-Ebola hygiene and sanitation materials in all the seven administrative districts in Lofa County.
Besides, during the Ebola awareness encounters with the weary citizens and residents of Lofa County, the CAAE-LF leadership was able to partner with the Ministry of Health and the medical authorities provided some technical and logistical assistance.
The CAAE-LF was also able to secure minimum funding from the Lofa County administration and other locally based non-governmental organizations in some of the administrative districts.
The CAAE-LF leadership told the Daily Observer in Monrovia that most of the funds generated came from their personal pockets and other generous prominent citizens, residents and well-meaning Liberians associated with the group.
“We worked under very difficulties circumstances and with scarce resources in all the seven districts owing to the fact that our primary goal was to eradicate this deadly disease that really killed many of our good citizens and residents in our county,” CAAE-LF Chairman Daniel Mulbah indicated.
In a related development, in order for the CAAE-LF group to be able to carry out other sustained Ebola awareness during the post-Ebola period, the group has sounded an SOS appeal to all Lofa citizens and residents to contribute funds and materials for the pending proposed process.
The group also explained that the post-Ebola challenges and constraints are so enormous to the extent that it would require lot of financial support to help citizens and residents to resettle in their socio-economic and agricultural undertakings.
The CAAE-LF has also underscored the urgent need for consideration by Lofa citizens, residents and other Liberians residing at home and abroad to contribute whatever they can for the post-Ebola challenges among Lofa citizens.