By Lincoln Barcon
As the country continues to follow the Ebola preventive measures to reach zero new Ebola cases, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has distributed medical supplies and Equipment to over eight Health centers in Montserrado and Lofa valued over US$ 100,000. Disclosing this over the weekend, the President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., T. Nelson Williams, II said the distribution of these medical supplies and equipment is as a result of the call made by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf last year, July when the outbreak of the Ebola started.
Mr. Williams noted that this was the first time in the history of Liberia that a fight against an invisible nature has come and intruded our nation but said even though the Government of Liberia did not have the capacity to fight this deadly Ebola virus, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. called on International partners for assistance to help fight the disease.
He pointed out that since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has been in the fight and will continue to effectively combat the Ebola disease until it is eradicated; but said to do this everyone needs to avoid the spirit of complacency.
He added that it was predicated upon this that the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha trained and armed with awareness materials from UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, embarked upon a major community focused and targeted awareness program for community leaders and volunteers.
“To date, the Fraternity has trained a total of 1,775 persons covering sixty three (63) communities in Montserrado and training in other counties as well. Each trainer has been empowered to train twenty (20) community homes estimating five persons per home which translates into 177,500 persons that have been trained through this program,” Mr. William intimated.
As a result of the request, AIphas in the United States have overwhelmingly raised thousands of dollars to purchase the requested supplies for Liberia. He disclosed further that the distribution is as the result of the first shipment which includes isolation gowns, rain boots, latex gloves, apron protection, goggles, disposable coats, heavy duty gloves, Clorox, non-contact thermometer and cleaning trays to health centers.
He added, “Today, we want to thank all the health workers of Liberia for their commitment and dedicated service as they stand on the frontlines each day to rescue and attend to the sick. We in the House of Alpha will not stop our interventions until Ebola is eradicated from Liberia. We are committed to helping our people stay alive and preventing the spread of this menace that has and continues to terrorize our people. We call on all Liberians to stop practices that promote the transmission of this virus.”
In response, the head of the Liberia Incident Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, lauded the organization for their timely intervention and said he has been following the work of the Alphas’ group which is so exciting as nobody provided the support and resources for them to do what they have undertaken.
“I am not surprised because of the fact that we’ve been working very closely with you and the Fraternity group has been very supportive since the outbreak in July last year, Minister Nyenswah noted.
According to Minister Nyenswah since the construction of the ETU by the Alphas’ group in Virginia, the ETU has received only one confirmed case but the patient survived and added that the ETU has had a 100% survivor rate.
Minister Nyenswah said, “The distribution of these medical supplies and PPEs is in the right direction because the materials are still important to the medical facilities in the country but expressed that the road to zero new cases is still rocket and bumpy because the stage at which we are as a country could either carry us to zero perpetually or go back to square one if the preventive measures are not followed.”