A non-governmental organization, Public Health Initiative Liberia or PHIL, has embarked on identifying with Ebola affected communities across the country.
PHIL says the initiative is to provide Ebola preventive materials to community members, something which will help to safeguard communities from contracting the virus.
Among items distributed among residents of St. Paul Bridge community include buckets, soap, clora, and chlorine to enable them to follow Ebola regulations prescribed by authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia.
Speaking at the donation, the Executive Director of PHIL, Madman Joyce Kilikpo, said the organization is concerned about the recent outbreak in the St. Paul Bridge community, which prompted the exercise.
She said since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in the country, PHIL has been carrying on series of activities with donations to various affected communities in and out of Montserrado County.
According counties that have benefited include Margibi and Gbapolu counties, saying, “We all are concerned about this deadly disease; our decision to donate to affected communities is to buttress the effort of the government, because they alone cannot do it, we saw the need to give out assistance”.
The Executive Director gave the estimated cost of items donated at more than US$1,600. She added that the funds came from a group in Senegal with support from Niyel.
She said the aim of the group is to support Ebola affected countries through donations and other activities that will help to eradicate the deadly virus from West Africa.
Madam Kilikpo added that PHIL is concerned about the difficulty people faced in their respective communities, saying that at this time, her organization cannot sit and abandon everything on the shoulders of the government.
He stressed that the donation is to help communities take serious prevention of themselves because it is only thru such preventive measures the virus can be kicked out of Liberia.
Mrs. Kilikpo pointed out that the organization is also responding to clarion call by health authorities for everyone to join hands in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, because it is not only affecting ordinary people or health care workers, but the entire West African region.
Meanwhile, Executive Director Kilikpo said PHIL is also concerned about Ebola survivors, including orphans, detailing that the organization is providing support to20 survivors and orphans through psychosocial support program, including rice, oil, and other assorted food items.
Receiving the donation, the chairman for Block C Community in St. Paul Bridge, Saah B. Harris, thanked the local organization for the contribution, saying, “Whenever you tell a sick person sorry, that does not necessarily mean they will get well, but it implies that you are concerned about them.”
Mr. Harris added, “By coming to our community to identify with us it means that people out there are concerned about others.” He appealed for more support to health care workers, at various treatment centers to enable them carry out their work without any fear.
He reiterated that Government and foreign partners can’t handle this matter alone, but other concerned groups should come in like PHIL has done, adding, “This will surely erase fear from patients and health care workers, who are administering treatments to those patients.”
By Lewis S. Teh