Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha Dedicate 96 ETU Bedrooms…Medical Supplies Expected Next Month

By Lincoln Barcon (Cub Reporter)

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to ravage the country, two sisterly charitable organizations, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have dedicated a 96 bedroom Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) constructed at the Unity Conference Center, in Virginia, outside Monrovia.

Making the presentation during the dedicatory ceremony yesterday, T. Nelson Williams said further that during this Ebola crisis, the growing demand for more space to accommodate Ebola patients inspired members of their Alpha organizations to launch Phase IV by constructing a 96 bed Ebola Treatment Unit with the help of local and international partners.

It can be recalled that the two sisterly charitable organizations earlier made several SOS calls to International Organizations based in the United States requesting medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution to medical facilities in Ebola affected areas in Liberia.

Mr. Williams said this effort is a reality with the support of local and international partners who have made it possible for the completion of the 96 bedroom ETU based on a result of the request made by medical facilities in the country.

Meanwhile, a 40-foot container with assorted medical supplies, valued at US$600,000 is expected to arrive in Monrovia early November.

“We must continue to fight this war against Ebola until Liberia is declared Ebola free! Until then, we remain steadfast in our efforts to restore our country to normality, the charity organization,” Alphas president noted.

The organization also appreciated three Alpha doctors in the fight against the Ebola virus and they included Dr. Lawoubah Gbozee and Keith Gray from JFK Medical Center and Dr. Ayun Cassell, from the JFK Ebola Treatment Center.

In response President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described members of the Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as patriotic achievers. President Sirleaf made the disclosure on Wednesday, October 22, when both organizations turned over a 96 bed Ebola Treatment Center to the Government of Liberia. The Treatment Center is located in Virginia, Montserrado County.

“These are patriotic achievers, because they saw the need for their country. They first trained people as it relates to having knowledge on Ebola prevention, engaged in other activities and now an Ebola Treatment Center being turned over”, President Sirleaf described ated.   The President used the occasion to pay homage to the many doctors, nurses and health workers who have continued to be on the front line in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who is a member of the organization noted that she visited four hospitals and 17 clinics in Lofa and noticed the health care workers were at work despite many challenges facing them.

Also speaking was Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai who acknowledged the donors of the project said “Something good is coming out of Liberia despite this unfortunate situation.”