Liberians Urged Not to Forget Ebola Preventive Measures

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The executive director of the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA), Mrs. Martha Flanjay Karnga, has cautioned Liberians not to stop adhering to the Ebola preventive measures. Liberians must continue to observe all the measures so as to avoid the reoccurrence of the deadly disease.

Mrs. Karnga made the statement recently at the close of four days training on Ebola prevention, organized by BAWODA in Buchanan.

She disclosed that during the heat of the Ebola Crisis, BAWODA, with support from the American Jewish World Services(AJWS), trained about 150 persons including Christians, Muslims and community members from Buchanan and Districts #1- 4 in the county.

She said the trainees’ capacities were built to educate and sensitize the citizens of the county and members of their churches and mosques about the danger and prevention of the deadly Ebola Virus.

She advised Liberians that even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia Ebola-transmission free after nearly 415 days after killing over 4,000 people, the people should not relent and must regularly wash their hands with soap and adhere to other Ebola preventive measures.

She pointed out that after the trainees obtained education they were sent into their various communities, churches and mosques to create awareness to eradicate the disease from spreading, something which they did.

She commended AJWS and other donors for their commitment to support BAWODA in eradicating, not only Ebola but the implementation of other projects.

She also thanked BAWODA personnel for their hard work and cordial working relations which had enabled BAWODA to make significant headway in the county since its establishment in 2003.

Speaking on behalf of their fellow trainees, Madam Moniee Gbayou of the African Gospel Leaque Church and Mr. Lamie Gaytaweh of the Vai Town Muslim Community, separately told the Daily Observer at the close of the training that the challenge they faced in their respective communities was that their people did not actually believe that Ebola was a disease that existed in Liberia.

“But after we sensitized them about the danger and prevention of the disease, our people recollected their knowledge and accepted that the disease was real,” they said.

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