In support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) has deployed a team of trainers in three of the highly Ebola affected counties. The trainers are to carry out cross border awareness on Ebola.
Speaking last Saturday, at LPC’s headquarters in Monrovia, the executive director, Ambassador Juli Endee, said the aim of the cross-border Ebola training is to educate citizens in those counties on how to prevent the spread of the killer disease.
“We want to carry on contact tracing, reporting of sick people to treatment centers and frequent hand-washing to containing the spread of the virus.
We are also helping to reduce the traditional practices by our people, including touching and bathing dead bodies,” said Endee.
The counties in which the LCP will be engaged include Lofa, Bong, Cape Mount and Nimba. These counties will be initially targeted to ensure that people are fully aware of the preventive measures to help curtail the epidemic. These counties were selected due to their proximity to Liberia’s borders.
She further explained that the LCP first carried out border assessments and observed that to some extent people were not aware of Ebola preventive measures. Therefore LCP decided to train and deploy awareness trainers in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
According to her, the trainers are residents from the benefiting counties, which she believes would help greatly in providing the most effective messages in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
“Our people sometime like to listen to their own people so we have trained these people to return to their counties and communities to in turn train others to carryout awareness and sensitization,” the executive director said.
She, at the same time, described Liberia’s current situation as very ‘dangerous’. “People are now going about doing their normal things, shaking hands, touching each other, etc., after they heard that Ebola cases are going down and there were no longer many ambulances moving around in the country. So the assumption is that the virus has stopped spreading, so people could return to business as usual.
But to the contrary, Endee warned Liberians that this was not the time to return to complacency; but for all Liberians to stand firm and fight against the virus.
“If we say it is finished in Liberia, what about our people living in the bordering communities? It is possible for us to continue to have Ebola because Guinea and Sierra Leone are one, and the virus is not yet finished there. Let us join the fight and be totally free of Ebola,” Amb. Endee urged.
Mrs.Yah Bryant, the LCP administrator and one of the trainers, disclosed that the teams that are assigned to the four counties will work with chiefs and community dwellers while educating the people on the preventive measures and contact tracing that will help to eradicate the virus.
“I will be training citizens in Grand Cape Mount County, mainly Tewor and Porkpa Districts, about the Ebola virus and I strongly believe that the killer disease will leave our country very soon,” said Ms. Bryant.