The Ebola Virus Disease is gradually being contained in Liberia, but as is always the case, more robust efforts, endurance and high-level concentration are needed to get the country to the finish line in terms of being declared Ebola free.
Everyone seems to be saying this but there is a lot to saying than doing. Liberians and foreign residents have been reminded on several occasions to not to let down their guard otherwise it could trigger a resurgence of the Ebola virus.
It was against this background that an International Charity organization, Delivering Good Health Community Service (DGHCS) saw the necessity to intensify its provision of medical supplies and assorted items to institutions responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
The founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of DGHCS, Nallie Brumskine Moore, is reminding Liberians that although the situation in the country is gradually improving, Ebola is still here and dangerously contagious and there is no need for complacency. She added, “Adequate resources and efforts must be urgently exerted to completely contain it”.
Madam Moore spoke from the United States via telephone upon the arrival of the consignment in the Monrovia. The supplies were subsequently distributed to health centers, orphanages, and humanitarian intuitions. Madam Moore said the donations are intended to buttress government’s efforts in “this final phase” of the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.
“We acknowledged those who are playing vital roles at the frontline of the Ebola response”, Madam Brumskine Moore asserted, adding that “the needs of frontline workers and volunteers should be urgently addressed including adequate support and regular recognition of their efforts and commitment.
The DGHCS CEO paid special tribute to the Donohue Family Foundation, Georgetown University Hospital, International Association for Human Values and Project Hope for their continuous support to the people of Liberia through DGHC.
This is the DGHCS second large donation since the Ebola outbreak. The organization initially imported into the country a large consignment of medical supplies in March this year.
The latest DGHCS donation initiative benefited several hospitals, clinics and humanitarian institutions such as the Liberian Red Cross which is heavily involved in the Ebola response and is responsible for managing the retrieval and disposal of Ebola.
The country’s largest health facility in the capital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital that was abruptly shut down as a result of the Ebola outbreak was one of the key beneficiaries of the DGHCS donations. Other institutions include the Suehn Clinic in Bomi County, Al Halil clinic on Jamaica Road and the ‘Love a Child’ Orphanage on the Robertsfield Highway.
The DGHCS country coordinator, Rev. Joseph Roberts, told the beneficiaries that the donation was part of the organization’s way of helping to strengthen the capacity of hospitals and community clinics to combat the Ebola epidemic.
Rev. Roberts emphasized that community clinics and hospitals were hugely affected by the Ebola outbreak in March and it is important to continue to identify with them while the country is experiencing a decline in the Ebola virus disease.
Rev. Roberts commended DGHCS founder Moore and her USA partners for their commitment to support the health sector of Liberia and the less fortunate.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the coordinator of Logistics at John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital, Abraham Attoh, and the founder of Love a Child Orphanage, Madam Rebecca Wreh, lauded the efforts of DGHCS. Mr. Attoh and Madam Wreh in separate remarks recounted the lack of equipment as a critical challenge that had hindered the fight against Ebola during its first outbreak in March 2014.
The Liberia National Red Cross Society Director of Disaster Management, Abdullai Perry also commended the efforts of the DHCS and its partners. He added that the donation would assist the Red Cross which is scaling up its activities covering Social Mobilization, Contact tracing, Psychosocial counseling, community home based protection, provision of survival kits, food distribution and safe and dignified burials in Montserrado County.