As the fight to contain the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) intensifies across the country, an American-based charitable organization has returned to the country with a ‘new method’ to fight the outbreak.
The national vice president of Operation Blessing International (OBI), David Darg, who made the disclosure yesterday at a press conference in Monrovia, said the organization returned with a formula to add salt to water with an available energy source (electricity), based on a specific measurement of a drum of water to produce chlorinated water to save the lives of Ebola-afflicted people.
This method, he said, was a “very effective weapon” against the Ebola virus.
Mr. Darg said the ‘new method’ introduced states that salt added to water through the provision of electricity in a drum of water was enough to mass produce gallons of water that will be chlorinated to serve as life-saving intervention in the fight against the EVD.
The mass production of the gallons of chlorinated water, he said, will be mainly distributed in non-Ebola affected communities, which the residents will use for hand washing as part of the preventive measures.
OBI is a nonprofit humanitarian organization which started operating in Liberia in 2006. OBI returned a couple of weeks ago in response to the Ebola crisis, but with a focus to shift the fight from donating anti-Ebola materials to equipping affected communities as well as health caregivers.
“Every day, OBI teams are working to alleviate suffering, save lives, help the poor, and bring hope to people all over the world.
“The entity, although based in the United States of America (USA), is fully dedicated to demonstrating God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering around the world, of which Liberia is of no exception,” Mr. Darg said,
As one of the largest charities in America, OBI provides strategic relief in 23 countries on a daily basis through core programs such as disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, clean water and sanitation as well as community development.
To sustain the production exercise locally, OBI national director, Rev. Emery David, said apart from bringing into the country quantities of medical supplies, including personal protective equipments (PPE), doctors and or nurses’ suits and patient care clothing, the entity has trained several other Liberians in various methods that will eliminate Ebola from the country.
“Training of Liberians is essential because they would work with the locals to transmit messages, awareness and sensitization to prevent the EVD.”
The water, too, he said, will subsequently be distributed among church leaders who have formed a network to prevent Ebola from the various communities.
These hospital supplies and the chlorinated gallons of water, Rev. David believes, will be well coordinated with religious leaders across the country so that they will reach all communities “free-of-charge.”