“Sensitizes Not Sympathizes”… SHALOM Executive Director Urges Peer Educators On EBOLA Virus
The Executive Director of a non- governmental organization Pate Chon SHALOM incorporated is urging peer educators trained to help sensitized Liberians about the danger of the Ebola Virus in the country instead of Sympathizing with victims of the virus.
Madam Pate also disclosed that her organization has completed a two day sensitization and peer education Workshop on the danger of the deadly Ebola Virus with three hundred adolescent girls currently under their adolescent girls’ project sponsored by UNICEF.
The Executive Director of SHALOM Pate Chon, said the training was carried by the health Promotion division of the Ministry of health.
Madam Chon said their intervention followed a message from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urging citizens to take the preventive measure of the ebola virus seriously to avoid the spread of the deadly disease.
She also indicated that the Campaign will be under the Theme: “Sensitize not Sympathize”.
She said her organization will be sending out some of the trainees in their communities to serve as peer educators of the ebola virus.
Madam Chon Made the disclosure Friday at the Closed of a two day training workshop in the Borough of New Kru town.
She indicated that SHALOM will be working with fifty young adolescent girls to carried out the message from eighteen to nineteen years respectively that will be involve with telling people how they prevent the virus.
Madam Chon said the selected peer educators are going to using loud speakers and mega phone to carry out their work also distribution of Ebola Hotlines to strategic locations and Churches.
She also said that the peer educators are going to be providing volunteer services to the community and SHALOM.
For his part the Assistant Director of health division at the Ministry of health Richard Zeon said the Ministry is committed to fighting the ebola virus.
Mr. Zeon stressed that the sensitization and awareness campaign will help the fight against the deadly ebola virus.
He expressed confidence in the girls for their wiliness to carrying out the message that will help reduce the spread of the virus in the country.
Meanwhile Participants of the two day workshop expressed appreciation to SHALOM for conducting the training which will enable them serve as ambassadors on the ebola sensitization in their community.
The participants also said that they have learned about the how to prevent the virus and also constantly washing their hands after and before eating and avoid playing with monkey, fruit bates and Chimpanzee.
Twelve years Florence M. Seh and Precious Chilion Bolo also appealed to the partners of SHALOM and the government of Liberia to continue their support that will help them to be aware of some dangerous disease.
Both Seh and Bolo promised that they are going to make-sure that all their peers are inform and educated about the Ebola virus in the country.