Even though there are reports of a decline in Ebola cases in Liberia, the Baptist Ebola Response Team, one of the many organizations creating awareness about the deadly virus, is not taking it lightly to warn people against complacency and to encourage them to observe all preventive measures.
Action by the religious Ebola team is in compliance with Government and partners’ advice for people not to celebrate because of the unfolding event, but to continuously apply all preventive measures in order to contain the disease.
At one occasion on Old Road yesterday, a Baptist clergyman, G. Larque Vaye, told his congregation that “this is a dangerous time for Ebola because it hides from the action taken against it. It can mix up with other diseases to spread as it did in August and September. Therefore, be careful and observe all of the advice health authorities give you.”
Giving a brief sermon from Exodus, Rev. Vaye explained the instruction given to the children of Israel by God to rub blood of slaughtered animals on their door posts to prevent the death angel from harming them.
In like manner, Rev. Vaye said, washing hands, avoiding contact with a sick or Ebola infected person, hugging, amongst others, constitute the blood of animal on the door post that can prevent Ebola from killing people.
During the awareness campaign, over 70 persons converged in the edifice of the Bethlehem Baptist Church where they were informed about the history of Ebola, how it spreads and can be prevented.
The Information on Ebola was passed on to the parishioners comprising many old folks by a certified Liberian nurse and former Nimba County Representative, Edwin P. Gaye.
Other members of the team demonstrated hygiene techniques for first aid when a person falls sick or is suspected of Ebola.
The Baptist Ebola Response Team also provides chlorine, clorox and other disinfectants as well as food items.
Rev. Tuagar E. Whiengar, head of the relief department, told the Daily Observer that the money used to buy the supplies comes from partners in the United States.
He said the Baptist Mid Mission in the U.S. provided the unspecified amount to identify with members of the Baptist Church in times of calamity.
He disclosed that the team has targeted eight counties to visit with the message about Ebola and the relief items in line with the proposals they presented to their supporters.