MTM Hires More Nurses, As entity Gives Cell Phones to Ebola Patients

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Despite reports of reduction in Ebola cases, an American-based non-governmental organization (NGO), More Than Me (MTM), has hired several other nurses to augment the fight against the disease.

MTM is currently operating in the country by providing educational assistance to less fortunate children, while also helping in the fight against Ebola.

The entity is operating in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW), particularly in  most of the Ebola affected communities where MOH  authorities have been unable immediately to respond.

MTM Ambulance Manager, J. Kenneth Martu on Wednesday disclosed at a press conference that the organization has up to date hired the services of 11 nurses, and has at the same time, planned to hire 55 more nurses in six various districts in Montserrado County alone.

The 55 hired nurses, according to Mr. Martu, will be required to help in identifying sick persons.

Thereafter, he said, the entity’s ambulances will transport those identified as sick persons to any of the nearby Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).

Since the nurses were hired, Mr. Martu said, they have up to date, visited 3,472 homes, and also educated 7,581 residents with Ebola-related awareness messages as well as   ways to prevent other  common illnesses.

“Every patient the MTM ambulance picked up is issued or given a mobile cell phone so as to enable such a patient to contact one of his or her immediate relatives,” Mr. Martu asserted.

As a humanitarian organization, he said, the MTM initiated an exercise by profiling all the patients that the entity takes into the ETUs.  MTM has also developed an MTM call center to contact other relevant health authorities.

“Our ambulance crews also include documentation of names, contacts and patients’ relatives before they taken to the ETU.”

Through that exercise, Mr. Martu disclosed, the MTM has removed 148 suspected Ebola cases from various communities within Montserrado County, where they are provided psychosocial counseling for quarantined homes.

“We are doing this by understanding the pulse of the local people, remaining flexible to respond rapidly to urgent needs, and supporting efforts that have the highest return.”

The MTM is on a mission to make sure that educational  and other opportunities, not exploitation and poverty, define the lives of the most vulnerable girls from the West Point slum of Liberia.

The entity believes that every girl has the right to choose what life she wants to lead. To meet this vision, MTM provides girls from the West Point slum in Liberia education, health, and social services to transform their  lives.

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