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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaThe Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme in Liberia has urged community dwellers to support efforts being made to increase contact tracing and identification in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus here.

According to a release, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said that UNDP will continue to provide more support to the Government’s national response in Ebola affected Communities as it relates to active findings in Communities in Montserrado County.  Dr. Kamaluddeen was speaking during an assessment of activities in District 7 by a team from UNDP Regional Bureau visiting Liberia to assess the Ebola situation.

“This visit is important because UN wants to continue helping Liberia until the Ebola crisis is over” assured the UNDP Country Director. The RBA Mission was led by UNDP Director for Policy and Programme Support, Magdy Martínez-Solimán, accompanied by the Deputy Director for UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, Ruby Sandhu- Sojon.

The UNDP is also providing support to District 7 on Ashmun Street, among several communities involved in contact tracing and identification. The agency’s support is being channeled through the Incident Management Committee on Ebola. In the training of 1,182 Active Case Finders Volunteers who are to be deployed in various Communities to conduct contact tracing and identification

Monrovia and its environs are stratified into 12 zones. And so far, 8 communities have been targeted, including West Point, Banjor, Police Academy, VOA, Ashmun Street, New Kru Town, Soul Clinic and Caldwell. Volunteers trained in these areas engaged in door to door awareness, identify the sick and the dead, establish contacts and support psych-social counseling for the affected.

Briefing the RBA Team on activities in District 7, The Coordinator for Contact Tracing, Mosoka Fallah said his team of Community volunteers has been working for the past one month, with quarantined families, by providing food, health care and other necessary items to keep them strong in the time of their quarantine. He also disclosed that as part of the efforts to protect residents of districts, they are mapping homes and creating awareness while carrying out tracing and identification.

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