‘Don’t Be Complacent, Ebola Is Still Around’

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The Executive Director of the National Empowerment Program for Women and Girls (NEP), Sianeh Sanoe Omeze, has admonished Liberians irrespective of status to not become complacent due to reports of the deadly Ebola virus declining in Liberia.

Madam Omeze said it is about time that Liberians stand up at center stage and fight against the EVD by relentlessly following the preventive measures introduced by health authorities.

 “Do not be complacent with the silence of the sounds of ambulances, because there are other Ebola afflicted patients lingering at the various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs),” she warned during the official opening of a two-day seminar for 100 health volunteers and contact tracers within 30 communities in Montserrado County.

 She warned that the disease infecting a single person was enough to destroy an entire family, therefore it is necessary to focus on trainings of health volunteers to continue providing the necessary awareness which includes contact tracing as well as sensitazitation.

She said following the two days of intensive training of health volunteers which ended yesterday, she hopes to see more Ebola treatment units empty and most of all accuracy from the health volunteers in performing their assignments.

She mentioned Caldwell, Chicken Soup Factory, Duport Road, Duala and Brewerville among others as communities benefiting from the two day workshop organized by NEP and PLAN Liberia. The project is scheduled to last for two months.

The coordinator for Health Promotion/Social mobilization for Montserrado County Health team Mr.J.Leahown Tokpah, who facilitated the training, described it as very necessary in order to prepare more health volunteers in the communities to carry on Contact tracing, case management and keep informing the citizens about the preventive measures to save the lives of citizens in the country.

 Mr.Tokpah said, there are still denials in several communities that Ebola is in Liberia adding that the significance of the workshop was to educate Liberians that the country still has cases of Ebola at various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and they have to fight until the virus is eradicated from the country.

Several participants expressed satisfaction with the 2 day  training on Ebola.

 One of the participants from Banjul Community, Olivia S.Tiehn, said from the training she learned how to carry on contact tracing, mixing of Clorox hand washing solution and case management.

“What I have learned from this workshop will help me to educate my community residents on the necessary measures to avoid another serious outbreak in our country,” she said.

“We lost at least 17persons from Ebola in Todee and there are still traditional practices being carried out by our people in Todee. I am going to educate my people about the danger of bathing dead bodies and make sure they follow all the measures,” said Mrs. Malawoe Wright.

NEP was established and incorporated in 2009 and is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, non-political organization that works to assist venerable women and children in the  process of  social and economic reintegration into society.

NEP also provides strategic emphasis on skills development, job creation, mental and physical health for women and children in the country.

“The Ebola crisis has affected our women and children to a very high degree because they are the ones taking care of the homes. A mother cannot watch her child dying without giving a helping hand.  As a result, many women and children have died leaving our country with Ebola orphans, but NEP will continue providing support to the women and children by giving them hope,” Madam Omeze stated.

Madam Omeze asserted that her organization hopes to empower marginalized women and children by improving their lives at community level for national development.

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