Heritage (Monrovia)

15 July 2014

Liberia: How Some Liberians Are Taking Preventive Steps Against Ebola

Photo: Liberia Government
President Sirleaf consoles a health worker at the Redemption Hospital as they mourn the death of their colleague, Esther Kesselee, who died of Ebola.

Amidst disbeliefs in some quarters of Liberia about the presence of the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the SOS Children Village now referred to as Family Based Care (FBC) is amongst several institutions that is taken proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus within its vicinity.

There is no cure for Ebola, but it can be prevented.

Our reporter, who visited the Monrovia based SOS Village yesterday, observed that the management of the village has placed at every main entrance, a bucket of water mixed with chloral and other anti-germs chemicals.

The bucket of water mixed with anti-germs chemical, our reporter observed, is intended for visitors coming into the village to watch their hands before engaging in any transaction with staff of the village.

He further observed that a step away from any of the main entrance warrants the visitor to watch his/her hands before regaining access to the compound.

The preventive measures, he noticed, is not only restricted to visitors alone.

He said even the staff of the village are subjected to the preventive step put in place by authority of the village.

In an interview with our reporter, a visitor, Madam Marie Nurs said she was very impressed about what the management of SOS is doing so to prevent the spread of the virus in the compound.

Observing the preventive rules, Madam Nurs said such a step was in the interest of parents/guardians who are taking their kids to the village for various reasons, including education and care.

"I am happy for this idea that SOS is doing to stop the spread of this bad sickness," said Madam Marie Nurs.

For his part, the Monrovia based Village Director, Mr. James Collins, told our reporter that they were doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus in the village so as to save the children from contracting it.

He said, while central government is trying hard to combat the virus, it was necessary for other institutions to take proactive steps to stop the spread of the virus, something our reporter indicated, is being highly practiced at the village.

SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental social development organization that is working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children. It main focus is on children who are at the verge of losing the care of their parents.

The village believes that every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security. Established in Tyrol, Austria in 1949 by one Hermann Gmeiner, the village is now operating in more than 130 countries and territories and is home for over 60,000 children and adolescents all over the continents.

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