US Ebola Response Chief Says Training Vital To Ebola fight In Liberia

The head of a 20-man US Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team has said robust training for health workers and community volunteers is crucial in containing Ebola in Liberia and the sub-region.

Tim Carlos Hernias said health workers and volunteers should be adequately trained on how to use the medical materials such as gloves and other personal protective gears if Ebola will be eradicated from the country.

He made the statement on UNMIL Radio Coffee Break program via telephone in Monrovia on Tuesday.

Hernias said as part of efforts to contain Ebola in Liberia and the entire sub-region, communities must be taught prevention practices, border protection, appropriate message strategy as well as clear dissemination of information.

He said though the establishment of treatment centers is important in tackling the virus, clear dissemination of appropriate messages is critical, especially from the Liberian Government and her counterparts such as the United States, Guinea and Sierra Leone as well as UNMIL and other international partners.

He then called on Liberians to follow Ebola prevention messages from Health Ministry authorities as well as international partners to avoid further spread of the disease.

The US Ebola Disaster Response Assistance head also urged Liberians to report people in their communities who are showing symptoms of the virus, as this is another way the disease can be curtailed.

According to him, his team is working with the National Call Center in consolidating and coordinating efforts between it, the National Taskforce and the response team aimed at strengthening the Government’s operation in fighting the disease.

Hernias disclosed that his 20-man team consists of experts that are working with the government to provide technical support to health workers on the field as well as materials such as chlorine, buckets and mattresses.

He said the team is also aiding the government to upgrade the Liberia Institute for Bio-medical Research (LIBR) where Ebola testing is being done.

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