The St. Stephen Episcopal Church over the weekend joined the anti-Ebola efforts of many institutions and individuals in giving essentials to various communities.
St. Stephen donated buckets, chlorines, chloride and other detergents valued about US$1,000 to several communities in around Monrovia.
The church’s authorities said it was its own way of buttressing government’s efforts in the fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
The Ebola disease has so far killed over 1000 people, among them doctors, nurses and hundreds of ordinary people across the country.
Those communities that benefited from the Stephen’s donation were 10th Streets, the church’s immediate community, Old Road, 12th and Arthington, all in Montserrado County.
Speaking with journalists at the Church’s 10th Street edifice after the distribution, the spokesperson, Mother Georgiana Williams said her institution had vowed to buttress the fight against the spread of the disease by Episcopal Diocese of Liberia, of which St. Stephen is a part.
She pointed out that the Diocese had so far contributed US$30,000 worth of Ebola materials to the Phebe Hospital in Bong County.
“We are happy to assist the communities with the awareness, sensitization and distributions being made toward the prevention of the deadly disease,” Mother Williams indicated.
According to her, the distributions followed several consultative meetings with the church’s various departments including Men, Women, Youth, Evangelism and the Anti-Ebola Team.
“That was how we agreed that support to the communities was timely and we hope that our Ebola message in the country will not stop until people are fully educated about the danger and prevention of the disease,” she added.
Madam Williams disclosed that the psychosocial aspect was one of the many issues that need to be tackled in the fight against the virus.
“We need to deal with the social exclusion of the issue, which has been one of the many challenges confronting people in the country.”
She pointed out that the fight against Ebola is not a fight limited to government alone, because government alone cannot do it.
“It requires a collective work of everyone to make the country Ebola-free,” she declared, “The country is disturbed by the magnitude of the spread of the virus and the unimaginable death toll it continues to inflict on the population.”
“It is extremely tragic that the virus is also taking lives of our people and health workers who are at the frontline risking their lives and providing healthcare for victims,” she stressed.
She indicated that Ebola is a common enemy to all, and Liberians must galvanize their best strengths to fight and defeat it.