The official launch of the Ebola Awareness of District # 7 in Montserrado County, under the Theme, “Kicking Ebola Out of District # 7”was held during the weekend at the Matilda Newport Junior & Senior High School Auditorium on Newport Street in Monrovia.
Speaking at the launch, Representative Solomon George cautioned his constituents to always embrace the construction of an Ebola Treatment Centers in their communities because according to him it was for the good of everybody. “We were elected by you so that we may reason for you, so give us the chance for us to do just that,” he urged them.
The District # 7 Representative also admonished his people to stop the denial adding that Ebola is indeed real and that it kills instantly when instructions from health authorities are ignored. He stated further that if a family member is suspected of being sick constantly, then the Health Team should be alerted timely and cautioned his people to avoid all forms of entertainment during this health crisis.
He then frowned on those who were in the habit of using canoes to dump Ebola corpses in the sea and after fishes eat them, the same fishes are being caught by fishermen and sold to customers, most of whom are business women. “This unwholesome act undoubtedly poses potential threat to our health,” he intimated.
Presenting LD$150,000.00 which he noted was government’s support toward the campaign to Burgess Houston, General Coordinator, District # 7 Ebola Task Force, the Monstserrado District Seven Representative then pointed out that the District Ebola Task Force will manage the funds based on what he described as their plan and report later.
He also informed the gathering that the task force also received 10 bags of 25kg rice which he said was donated by Representative Haja Siryon of Bomi County and clarified that it will be given to the task force so as to enhance their work.
Burgess Houston, General Coordinator said kicking Ebola out of District Seven, Monstserrado County should remind those who he divulged were trained recently to be aware that the awareness will be taken from ‘Door- To- Door’ in the four thousand and seven hundred homes that have been earmarked in the district. “Since you are trained we also expect you to train others as regards to the preventative measures, case finding and contact tracing, ” Mr. Houston said.
The General Coordinator however pointed out that the task force will be working along with the health workers whom he stated will be carrying out tests on the people. He then asked each and every member of the task force to apply seriousness when executing their responsibility so that he virus can be defeated.
For her part, Madam Florence Brandy, Superintendent of Monserrado County said that the LD$150,000.00 was government’s initial support toward the fight against the Ebola virus in the district. She then disclosed that each and every district in Montserrado County was benefiting from similar support from the government, adding, “We also cater to health workers so that they can work for the people because we are using their money; nobody is misusing money,” she declared.
Speaking further, Madam Brandy emphatically stated that the awareness campaign was not intended to promote anybody but to sincerely battle the virus void of politics and she also encouraged community dwellers to inform the task force when any of their family member is sick or even dead.