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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on Tuesday disclosed that a new 100-bed Ebola Treatment Center has been constructed at the Unity Conference Center in Virginia, outside Monrovia.
The center is expected to be dedicated on September 28, 2014.
The groups told a news conference attended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai that they decided to construct the Ebola treatment center due to the lack of space at other centers across the country.
Madam Johnson-Sirleaf and Veep Boakai are members of the groups. Mr. T. Nelson Williams, a member of the group disclosed that a shipment of assorted medical equipment from the United States of America is expected to arrive in the country in October.
He said the equipment which include isolation gowns, rain boots, latex gloves, apron protection, goggles, disposable coats, heavy duty gloves, Clorox, non-contact thermometer and cleaning trays were made available by Alphas in the United States based on an SOS call made by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Mr. Williams, who is Liberia’s Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) Managing Director, indicated that the center will be given to medical facilities around the country.
He disclosed that “the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, trained and armed with awareness materials from UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, embarked upon a major community focused and targeted awareness program for community leaders and volunteers.
Mr. Williams disclosed that they have trained a total of 1,775 persons covering 63 communities in Montserrado and Bassa Counties and will be launching similar outreach and training in other counties.
“Each trainer has been empowered to train 20 community homes estimating five persons per home, which translate into 177,500 persons that have been trained through this program,” he noted.