1 September 2014

Liberia: Ebola Survivors Lack Clothes

Photo: U.S. Embassy Monrovia
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden (in the middle), dressed in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), talks to patients confirmed to have Ebola at a treatment center operated by Medecins sans Frontieres at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia.

Health authorities at the Eternal Love Wins Africa or (ELWA) Hospital have disclosed that Ebola survivors leaving the treatment center do not have clothes to wear. Medical Director Dr. Jerry Brown, said nurses usually dress survivors in veils as they leave the hospital compound due to lack of clothes. Dr. Brown made the disclosure when the Citizens Organized for Transparency and Accountability (COPTA) presented items valued over US$5,000 to the ELWA Isolation Unit 2.

He appealed to well-meaning Liberians and NGOs to assist the unit with clothes for survivors to wear when leaving the hospital. But a non-governmental organization, Smile Liberia International, has promised to provide clothes for survivals returning home. An executive of the group, Ms. Fasiah Harris, said Smile Liberia in collaboration with COPTA will continue to provide needed services for Liberians.

COPTA is a local partner to Smile Liberia International and some Liberians working with the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC. The project coordinator Christine Brooks-Jarrett said COPTA is an organization working to ensure a better Liberia in which leaders can be held accountable to the people in the discharge of their services.

Madam Brooks-Jarrett said as part of their effort to complement initiatives of the international partners and government, COPTA has received two separate donations from two organizations, some Liberians working with the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, who have their hearts tied to the wellbeing of Liberia and have decided to join the fight against Ebola.

"We have had Ebola awareness in communities in Montserrado and Bomi counties, with other counties to be covered soon," she added. In a statement emailed by Mr. Cooper Duwana, Co-Chairman of the Liberian Community in the DR Congo, he commended those Liberians in the DRC who were concerned and willing to join hands in the fight to eradicate Ebola from the motherland.

He further stated that the donation, though small, represents priceless thoughts, while calling on all Liberians to join the fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia. The donation from Liberians in the DRC included comforters, towels, disinfectants, Lucozade, water and Clorox.

Mr. William Ward, President of Smile Liberia International has applauded the efforts of each and every Liberian who has made it a personal responsibility to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which has raged a war on the nation.

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