In the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, especially with the latest news of the puzzling deaths of a nurse and her family of about seven members killed from the virus in the ELWA Hospital Communities, a group under the banner, Friends of Mark Sackie, has ended a two-day sensitization and awareness preventive campaign on the virus in that communities.
On Sunday, the group, at the verge of the sensitization distributed 168 buckets freely to six communities in ELWA and urged the inhabitants to “stop the doubt: Ebola is real and prevent it.”
Alongside the buckets, So Klin laundry detergent and Madar Bleach Chlorade were also given freely for the constant use of washing their hands, along with Ebola prevention leaflets.
The benefitting communities were Frog Island, Rock Crusher, King Gray, Nyondea, Millionaire Quarter and Kpelleh Towns.
The awareness campaign and donations, according to the leader and the frontrunner, Mark Sackie, are intended to accentuate the heightened fears of the outbreak of Ebola and instill hope that the virus can be prevented by avoiding physical contacts with suspected persons showing signs and symptoms of the virus and always washing hands with soap. The neighborhood people were also urged to stop touching dead bodies and eating fruits eaten by animals as well as avoid eating dead or dried animals (bush meats).
Mr. Sackie listed the signs and symptoms as high fever, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and sore throat.
Mr. Ebenezer Hentie of King Gray and David Brown of Millionaire Quarter said the donations were timely and urged others to emulate the gesture of the Friends of Mark Sackie, while Elder Lewis Colnoe of Rock Crusher said he hoped that the unbelievers would believed that there is Ebola.
The awareness campaign was interspersed with arguments from some youths saying that Ebola isn’t real while most of them were of the conviction of its real presence in the country.
A teenager, David Sonnie, said the infection of the US physician, Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old doctor who had been serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, clear his doubts.
Mr. Sackie is a Liberian and is working in the private sector. He currently resides in the country, but chose to create awareness in the ELWA communities because he was born there.
“I have always identified with the people of ELWA whether there is good or bad,” Mr. Sackie said. “But his prayer is that there should be no new case either in ELWA, Liberia or Africa or the world.”