One hundred and seventy five (175) quarantined household heads and over two-hundred and twenty (220) vulnerable residents including Ebola survivors and elderly people in Needowein, Lower Margibi County where Liberia’s newest Ebola outbreak is being contained, have received 396 Panasonic solar powered lights and one-hundred and twenty (120) Wind-up solar radios from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The solar lights were procured through a partnership with Japan’s Panasonic Corporation, while the wind-up radios is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lifeline Energy, based in South Africa.
The items are to provide solar energy and promote access to information within vulnerable communities.
The donation is in support of a coordination mechanisms being maintained by the Ministry of Health to promptly respond to abrupt outbreaks of the Ebola Virus Disease and strengthening surveillance within communities.
In the wake of the most recent EVD attack in Margibi County, quarantined homes are being provided food and non-food supplies to help encourage them to remain in their respective homes over the 21 day incubation period to avoid a rapid spread of the disease.
The solar lights and radios are to help lighten up the quarantined homes and to increase access to information since residents are unable to conduct normal routine activities due to the prevailing circumstances.
Needowein is a small community along the Roberts International Airport highway with three hundred and seventy-five (375) houses and a population size of six-hundred and sixty-three (663) inhabitants.
The community is subdivided into six blocks with over seventeen (17) houses and more than hundred and seventy (170) contacts quarantined as a result of the recent confirmed Ebola case involving a 17-year-old student. The number of confirmed cases as of Thursday July 9 has been put to five. This includes the 17 year old boy.-Press Release