Motorcyclists Commit Themselves To Fighting Ebola
By Antoinette Sendolo
In an effort to buttress the President’s Ebola Must Go Campaign, the Liberia Motorcyclists Transport Union of Liberia has pledged its support and commitment in combating the deadly disease in the country.
The Union, through its leader, Mr. Robert Sammie, said the Union has organized what they refer to as Anti-Ebola Coordinating Team in a bid to battle the spread of the virus among people and by motorcyclists.
He said the Union’s Anti-Ebola Coordinating Team aims at identifying and highlighting Ebola preventive measures for motorcyclists and also carrying on contact tracing in communities in order to help the government achieve its Ebola Must Go Campaign objective.
Mr. Sammie noted that several motorcyclists have been trained on information gathering and reporting to ensure that they are informed enough to create awareness on the Ebola preventive measures provided by the Health Ministry and other international Health Institutions.
The head of the Liberia Motorcyclists Union added that motorcyclists were also trained on conflict resolution and management in order to be able to deal with conflict situations during their awareness period.
He disclosed that the Union is expected to embark on a twenty-one day rigorous and interactive anti-Ebola campaign and will also deploy barrels at various intersections where motorcyclists are packed for hand-washing.
Mr. Sammie said since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, about six motorcyclists have fallen prey to the disease something he said the Union regrets urging motorcyclists to be careful with passengers they take on their motorbikes encouraging them to always protect themselves against the virus.
Robert Sammie, pledging on behalf of the Liberia Motorcyclists Transport Union said, “We LMTU pledge to be strong partners in this fight against Ebola so that there can be no more case by this year’s Christmas”.
He spoke yesterday when he attended the Ministry of Information culture and Tourism (MICAT) regular Ebola press conference held at the Ministry.
Meanwhile, several journalists who attended the MICAT regular press briefing as mandated by Minster Brown pledged their commitments to the fight against the Ebola virus and to support the President’s Ebola Must Go Campaign which was recently launched by President Sirleaf.
Minister Brown has called on all Liberians to take the pledge to stop Ebola. This is the pledge to be taken by all Liberians, “I citizen of Liberia, pledge to protect myself, my family and community because Ebola must go and stopping Ebola is everybody’s business.”