LNRCS Equips MCHT, Donates Protective Equipment-AS the Ebola Virus Surfaces Again

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As reports about the resurface of the deadly Ebola Virus in the country continues to circulate, the Liberia National Red Cross Society, has move swiftly to identify with the Montserrado County Health Team (MCHT) to help strengthen its response to menace.

The LNRCS over the weekend provided protective suits to the county health team, being the first to witness several helpless victims falling victim to this vicious lives claimer (the Ebola virus).

The LNRCS said the donation was meant to re-echo that it remains strongly supportive to the government’s effort to curb the spread of one of the world deadliest viruses in the country. The virus early broke-out in March this year after it was reported to have claimed many lives in neighboring Guinea.

The Ebola virus initially broke out in the country a few months back and it claimed some lives. Initial cases were reported in Foya, Lofa County. Its presence was confirmed following blood samples sent to Paris, France, for testing.

Over the past few months the news about Ebola seized in Liberia, especially when the 45 days observation period that barred people from touching one another elapsed.

It took people by surprise again to hear about its presence in the country with reported cases in New Kru Town.

Against this backdrop, the LNRCS donated one cartoon of Personal Protective Equipment, two cartoons of noise Mask and Body sheet, one cartoon of protective gowns, one cartoon of gloves, two drums of chlorine, five pieces of Mega phones and  two pieces of spray cans to combat the disease.

LNRCS Assistant Secretary General, Boweh Barduae said the Red Cross was pleased to present the items to the MCHT as a way of solidifying the existing collaboration with the Government and other Partners in the Ebola fight.

This is the second donation to the Government after the first donation of 50 boxes of PPE kits was made to the Health Ministry on March 26 for health workers who are on the frontline, treating suspected cases of Ebola. 

The Head of Program at the Liberian Red Cross, Madam Precious Dennis added that the Red Cross Society is complementing the effort of the Health Ministry in the areas of social mobilization, contacts tracing and psychosocial support as well as providing surviving kits for victims in Lofa and other targeted Ebola counties.

Madam Dennis said with the latest confirmation of Ebola in Freetown, the LNRCS has also rolled out its sleeves for intervention in Cape Mount, starting -up with 75 volunteers conducting social mobilization.

In response, the Director for the Community health Department Adolphus Kenta lauded the Red Cross for the donation and said he will help protect health workers against the disease at they come in contact with victims, stressing that the items will be used for its intended purpose.

Mr. Kenta acknowledged the collaboration with the Red Cross and said they are still counting on the Red Cross for human Resources to create the needed awareness and inform the communities on the spread of Ebola and how it can be prevented.

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