As efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus by means of transportation, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in collaboration with Angie Brooks International Center for Women’s Empowerment (ABIC) has dedicated a polytank, provided reflective jackets, clorox, disinfectants, and spraying bottles to motorcyclists.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony recently at the 20th Street Motor Cycle Parking Station in Sinkor, Monrovia, ABIC Administrator Jackie McCay said, the polytank was intended to ensure that motorcyclists observing the preventive measure of washing their hands frequently.
She cautioned motorcyclists to be careful while transporting passengers from one destination to another, adding that they should be heroes for themselves.
“Transport the people not the virus because you all can make a difference by observing those preventive measures to eradicate the EVD,” ABIC Administrator said.
The United Nations Development Program, (UNDP) team leader for sustainable Economic Transformation, Dorsla Farcarthy who proxied for UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaludeen, reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to providing more support to the Government of Liberia.
He said due to the organization’s commitment to the country, it has carried out numerous programs, and provided more support to the ABIC, Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and to several counties to fight against the killer disease.
“I urge every one of you motorcyclists to use this polytank for the purpose of washing your hands frequently with chlorinated water and it is also our hope to extend the program to taxi drivers,” said Mr. Farcarthy.
The motorcyclists thanked MOT, ABIC and UNDP for providing what they called a ‘safe zone’ that will enable them to be protected by washing their hands, having their temperatures tested, before riding their bikes.
MOT Deputy Minister for Administration Bushuben Keita disclosed that the polytank will be dedicated at all motorcycle stations.
He said currently twenty seven of the polytanks have been distributed to some motorcycle parking stations in Monrovia and there are plans to reach taxi and bus stations.
He urged the motorcyclists to join the fight by knowing who to transport and that they should continue observing the preventive measures to keep them safe.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) recently conducted a one day Ebola Prevention training of trainers’ workshop for motorcyclists at the Monrovia City Hall with over fifty participants,
The workshop provided training for motorcyclists on the necessary Ebola preventive measures.
The project was sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and implemented by MOT and ABIC.