They are highly acclaimed and well respected as a result of their immense contribution to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) locally, but these recognitions are now extending beyond boundaries, as members of First Responders- a medical organization founded and headed by Representative Saah Joseph- are making name for themselves in neighboring Sierra Leone.
First Responders and its founder, Rep. Saah Joseph, are making similar high marks strides in Sierra Leone that helped to drastically reduced the virus in Liberia.
Speaking at an award ceremony over the weekend, Rep. Joseph noted that since their arrival in that Ebola affected country, which is now consider the hot-zone, their impacts have began to be felt, especially in the country hot-spot (Pokolo District), where they have been assigned.
He disclosed that Pokolo has been one of the worst affected areas in that country that huge numbers of people are infected on a daily basis, but since their arrival there the entire story has change-Pokolo now can now be boast of as a success story.
Rep. Joseph noted that the district, which could witness over 50 to 60 cases a day, is now report zero case since the outbreak of the virus in that country as a result of his organization robust interventions.
“I just want to tell the Liberian people that my team is doing well in Sierra Leone since we arrived there. The government and the people have given us warm reception which has led to the level of success that we have had so far.
“They have also taken their zeal, focus, courage and determination thereby prompting them
“Because of our track-record in Liberia upon our arrival in Sierra Leone my team was sent directly in the hot zone (Pokolo), my boys had some hesitations, especially being in a strange land but I told them this is the work we have come to do-to save our brothers and sisters from this deadly killer,”
“We were put in charge of one of the worst-hit regions, but with the level of experience that we have had in Liberia we have done a tremendous job in that region to an extend that zero case is now being reported for the first time. I’m talking about an area that used to record 50,60, 70 daily,” the FR boss noted.
He noted that because of their good work in the Pokolo region the Sierra Leonean government has now put them in charge of the country’s Airport. “We have now been assigned at the
The Montserrado County lawmaker, had in early January, headed to Sierra Leone with a team of twenty, along with three ambulances to bolster the that country’s effort against the Ebola epidemic there. The Ebola disease that taking a heavy toll on citizens of that country, a situation that prompted First responders’ intervention.
Rep. Joseph, during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, said that as a humanitarian, his conscience is deeply urging him to carry the Liberian experience in the combat against the virus to Sierra Leone.
President Sirleaf wholeheartedly lauded the lawmaker for his brilliant initiative which she said will go a long way in eradicating the virus from the region. She promised to assist in whatever way she can to make his mission a success.
Meanwhile, Rep. Joseph has been named as the Humanitarian of the year for his tremendous efforts during the fight against Ebola.
The Liberian lawmaker was honored by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014 ceremony held on Saturday February 14, at a local resort in Monrovia.
He was works during the crisis was not intended to win awards, but to serve humanity as a humanitarian, but as the awards come it show how appreciative Liberians are of his works.