….As LDS provides TOT on Ebola Prevention – By: Augustine N. Myers – The Lutheran Church in Liberia has donated a consignment of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to the Phebe and Curran Hospitals in Bong and Lofa Counties.
The items, 5 pallets – 181 boxes of PPEs were provided by the Global Health Ministries in the United States for use by Healthcare Workers responding to the Ebola virus outbreak in the two counties.
Lutheran Bishop, Dr. D. Jessen Seyenkulo presenting the items Tuesday and Wednesday to the two Hospitals respectively, said the protection of Health Workers remains crucial in the fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Dr. Seyenkulo extolled Health Workers for the sacrifices they continue to make during this national crisis of Ebola, and assured them the Lutheran Church in Liberia will continue to remain a true partner in the fight against the disease.
He appealed to Health Workers at the Phebe Hospital to return to work, and commanded Healthcare Workers at the Curran Lutheran Hospital for remaining active to duty and continue to provide professional and sacrificial services.
Healthcare Workers at the Pheba Hospital commanded the Lutheran Church for the donation, and appealed to the Bishop to help liaise with Government to provide them Risk Benefits to encourage them during the Ebola crisis.
Earlier, Phebe Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Jefferson Sibley and Curran Lutheran Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Willie L.B. Roberts thanked the Lutheran Church and Global Health Ministries for the donation.
They described the donation as important and assured that the items will be used for the intended purpose in the interest of the safety of healthcare workers and patients.
Items donated include gloves, surgical mask, safety glasses, Tychem Protective Aprons, and Tychem QC Hazmat Suit with Hood and Boots, among other Personnel Protective Equipment (PPEs).
The donation was the second in two weeks, as the Lutheran Church in Liberia and Partners continue to join efforts with the Liberian Government to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
The Lutheran Church in Liberia, through the Lutheran Development Service in Liberia (LDS) is currently constructing a modern building at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County valued at twenty five thousand United States dollars, to be used as a Holding Center for suspected Ebola patients.
Bishop Dr. Seyenkulo was accompanied to Bong and Lofa Counties by the Executive Director of the Lutheran Development Service in Liberia (LDS), Mr. Joseph S. Binda.
The Lutheran Development Service in Liberia (LDS) last week completed series of Training of Trainers’ Workshops on Ebola Sensitization, Awareness and Prevention in Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
The Workshops for Community and Health Workers in the two Counties, were held in partnership with the Action by Churches Together (Act Alliance), Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Liberian government, through the Health Ministry.
The Executive Director of the Lutheran Development Service in Liberia (LDS), Joseph S. Binda described Ebola as a killer disease that should be taken seriously.
Mr. Binda said, LDS with support from Act Alliance has conducted similar Workshops in Bong and Lofa Counties, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
The Workshops held in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County and Tiene, Grand Cape Mount County respectively were facilitated by Dr. Kumblytee L. Johnson of the Redemption Hospital, and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
Dr. Johnson encouraged the participants to be Ambassadors in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus to help stop the further spread of the disease and stressed the need for active community involvement and engagement.
She also encouraged the participants in particular and Liberians in general to observe all preventive measures in the fight against Ebola, especially regular hand washing with soap and clean water.
In Bopolu, Gbarpolu County, the Workshop brought together Community and Health Workers who expressed their Preparedness to ensure that Ebola does not enter the County, as Gbarpolu is one of the few Counties in Liberia that there has been no reported case of the deadly Ebola virus.
In Tiene, Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, the Workshop also brought together Community and Health Workers. The participants said it was a challenge, but promised to promised to double their efforts in the Ebola Sensitization and Awareness Campaign.
Grand Cape Mount County has reported cases of the Ebola disease, and that the issue of deniability is still high in the County.
The Medical Director of the Chief Jallah Lone Hospital in Bopolu, Dr. Trokon T. Washington, and Health Ministry Director of Community Services in Grand Cape Mount County, John Kallon thanked LDS and Act Alliance for the Workshops.
The two Health Administrators described the efforts as significant and will greatly assist in creating more awareness and ensuring preventive measures in the spread of the Ebola virus in both Counties.
The Lutheran Development Service in Liberia (LDS), in partnership with the Action by Churches Together (Act Alliance) has conducted similar Workshops in Bong and Lofa Counties.