Since Ebola got to worsen in Liberia beginning July, sensitization on precaution and prevention has actively concentrated on government, organizations and institutions. This time, however, seems not to be obligation of only organizations and institutions, but community members as well.
It is based on this thought that members of the Spring Field Community under the banner, “Spring Field Community United Against Ebola” have seen the need to launch community awareness initiative to get dwellers take every precautionary measure against Ebola.
Mrs. Abigail T. Gbessagee-Hanky, Coordinator of the group, explained to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview during the launching that the move is intended to buttress government’s effort in sensitizing the community to do all it can to prevent the spread of the disease.
She said government and a few institutions involved in the awareness cannot reach all, and therefore they have to approach it at the community level to save people from the disease.
“We hear the news about what’s unfolding, and our knowledge is that communities rise up to help Government fight the deadly Ebola. It is against this backdrop that we decided to form a community task force to buttress efforts of community leaders and government,” Mrs. Gbessagee-Hanky stressed.
When sensitization on Ebola intensified, institutions and organizations sprang up in an effort to form parts of the process perhaps to secure funding either from government or international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO).
However, the SFCUAE coordinator noted that they have no source of funding from government or international organization, but collect dues from the group’s members to do what they need to do.
She also indicated that only prominent community members contribute to the initiative by giving materials and in rare instances money.
The launch of the community awareness was attended by some personalities including businessman Harry Greaves, Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation Managing Director, Charles Allen, amongst others.
Mr. Greaves, who served as the chief launcher, commended the community group for the initiative and said it is necessary that people get involved because the presence of the disease has brought serious setbacks in the running of businesses across the country.
For LWSC Managing Director Charles Allen, he said the Ebola epidemic should teach Liberians a lesson to think and begin to approach their environment and other activities in a different way.
Mr. Allen observed that Liberians do not clean their environment, stressing further, “Governance and leadership also play serious role in the retrogressive move of the country.”
Attendants were educated through power point presentation on the spread and presentation of Ebola, and children all believed to be 12 years read short written messages about the disease.