By Antoinette Sendolo
The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development and International Peace and Security has taken its Ebola awareness to market women in the country.
The Ebola awareness initiated by Angie Brooks International in collaboration with the Sirleaf Market Women Fund (SMWF), Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and other partners is intended to educate market women on the Ebola preventive measures in order to contain the spread of the virus.
According to the Establishment Coordinator of (ABIC), Madam Yvette Chesson Wureh in a press statement read during the official launch of the project title: ”You Can Stop Ebola”-Women Working Towards Zero Cases” recently, the project seeks to continue the anti-Ebola awareness campaign in market places and provides logistical support for four (4) major markets in the country.
Those markets include: the Jorkpen Town Market in Sinkor, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Community Market, ELWA Community Market and the Du-Port Road Market in Paynesville, adding that the strategy also entails cleaning of these selected markets, collection of dirt, intense awareness and sensitization about Ebola, its preventative measures and control.
Madam Wureh said since the outbreak of this uncompromising satanic Ebola virus in the country, women have been mostly affected by the virus due to their caregivers’ role in homes and their vulnerability especially in market places noting that in the midst of the deadly virus, women are breadwinners for their families in the shackles of economic adversity created by the Ebola virus across the country.
She said the prevailing evidence is that most of the market women have not been trained on the preventive measures of Ebola thus leaving them unprotected and vulnerable in market places and communities adding, ”We cannot be complacent as our number of infected cases decreases”.
Madam Wureh called on all Liberians to continue every measure that seeks to eradicate Ebola, sternly noting that people must not neglect the preventive measures such as washing hands, keeping distance and avoiding personal contacts especially with sick people showing the following symptoms: vomiting, running stomach, fever, headache, muscle pains, rash and red eyes; no contact with dead bodies adding that ”this must be our daily recitation.”
Also speaking, the Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation, Madam Clara Doe Mvogo, said the initiative taken by the Angie Brooks International is important in the fight against the Ebola virus noting that women are vulnerable to the virus especially market women.
The Mayor added that people should not be complacent with the fact that the cases of Ebola are said to be on the decrease in the country noting that all preventive measures must still be carried out.
She said market women should take advantage of the awareness and take it back to their various communities in order to educate their children and other relatives and friends on the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Madam Mvogo said it is possible for Liberia to reach zero cases in the soonest possible time if Liberians will continue the preventive measures given by health authorities in the country.