Red Cross Warns Against Denial…LPRC Presents US$75,000 To Fight Ebola

The Liberian National Red Cross says the current spread of the deadly Ebola virus is escalating and warned that efforts be multiplied to urgently contain it.

The secretary General of the Liberian Red Cross Fayiah Tamba has said that the latest confirmation from Bong and Bomi is an evident that the spread of the virus is now rapid and troubling.

Mr. Tamba however warned the public to do away with the concept of denial and follow all precautionary measures including regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick persons suspected of the virus.

He stressed the Red Cross will continue to scale up its vigorous operation in the seven counties including Bong and Bomi where Ebola cases have been reported.

The Red Cross is complementing government effort in the areas ofsocial mobilization and awareness, contact Tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims since the outbreak.

The Red Cross in addition to its services has agreed to assist the ministry of Health in the area of dead body management and burial of Ebola victims in Montserrado for now.

Meanwhile the Liberian Red Cross has welcomed the latest move by the Government to close all borders except the Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing and Ganta Crossing where preventive and testing centers will be established.

The LNRCS Secretary General however called on the Government and its partners to pay more attention to protecting health Care workers who are the front liners in this fight against the Ebola virus.

According to Mr. Tamba, if the health workers are protected, we will regain their confidence to return to the various Health facilities that are currently abandoned across the country.

The spread of Ebola can occur through direct contact with the blood, secretion, or other body fluid of an infected person.

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history with more than one thousand cases and 660-deaths while more than 240 of the cases and 127-deaths occurred in Liberia.

In another development, the Liberia Refining Company (“LPRC”) Board of Directors met in an extraordinary session, and resolved to take positive and direct action aimed at curbing the alarming rise of cases of Ebola in Liberia. We made specific reference to health workers who are sacrificing at the front lines of this battle; and who desperately need and deserve the full support of us all.

In buttressing the efforts of the National Ebola Task Force recently set up by our President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the   LPRC Family is presenting $75,000 United States Dollars as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to be used for preventive gears such as face masks, body suits, latex gloves, foot and head wears for our health workers at medical facilities throughout the country.

LPRC calls upon on all businesses in the Public and Private sectors, churches, mosques, civil society organizations, women, men and youth groups, political parties and all well meaning Liberians and foreign partners, to join this fight, which is one of national priority. We encourage everyone to unite in this fight, and caution all to take preventive measures, providing awareness and reporting all suspected cases to the nearest medical facility. This is the time for us to be our brothers’ keepers.

In our efforts to provide additional awareness, the LPRC Public Relations and medical teams have been mandated to engage in a massive public awareness campaign beginning at the LPRC Headquarters and extending to various communities on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

The LPRC Family offers special prayers for the families, relatives and friends of all who have lost loved ones to the Ebola epidemic, and pray that the Almighty God comforts and protects them during this time of their bereavement.

May the Mercy of God, through his Son Jesus Christ heal this land and provide total restoration to our Nation and peoples.

Our National Anthem rallies us to unite “with hearts and hands our country’s cause defending…” and to “meet the foe (Ebola) with valor unpretending”.

Liberians must unite and fight Ebola now! vIn union strong success is sure We cannot fail!”

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