The University of Liberia has intensified its Ebola awareness campaign in communities located around its four campuses in Monrovia, Fendell and Sinje in Grand Cape Mount County.
The Dean of the Thomas J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology at the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the campaign is intended to educate residents about how they can prevent Ebola virus from their communities.
Dr. Weeks said the UL Ebola Response Team would also teach the residents how to wash their hands with chlorine, clorax, delta and soap.
She said it is important for the people to know the quantity of chlorine and clorax that can be used for hand washing.
Dr. Weeks warned that if the people do not correctly use chlorine and clorax for hand washing, they could experience skin cancer and blindness after the Ebola crisis.
She told journalists that as per international standard only 0.05 percent of chlorine or clorax should be used for hand washing.
Dr. Weeks said as part of its pilot project, the UL Ebola Response Team has begun creating awareness in communities around the Fendell campus to ensure that people properly wash their hands with chlorine and clorax.
She disclosed that the UL is planning to offer courses on Ebola and other diseases.
Dr. Weeks lauded the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) for sponsoring the awareness campaign in Fendell community and called on other institutions to follow suit.
For his part, the Chairman of Chemistry Department at the University of Liberia, James McClain said the UL Ebola Response Team has visited several towns and villages to educate residents on Ebola prevention.
McClain said non-governmental organizations that are donating anti Ebola materials do not educate the people on how to wash their hands with chlorine and clorax which, he said, could lead to other disease.
He called on institutions that are donating anti-Ebola materials to educate the people on the proper way of using them.