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VFT Chairman Alphonso T. Koti...Embarks On Awareness Campaign

A local group, Vision for Tomorrow (VFT), fears another outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Point Township considering the lackadaisical attitudes of the residents.

 

The Chairman of VFT Alphonso T. Koti said residents of the township are now going about their normal behaviors as if Ebola is out of Liberia.

He said residents have abandoned all of the preventive measures and are now interacting with one another as they did prior to the outbreak of the virus.

Koti said most households in the township have abandoned washing of hands, even though they were given buckets, chlorine and clorax during the heat of the Ebola outbreak.

“If you take a walk in our township, you will see people hugging and doing those very things they were told not to do in order to avoid contracting the virus; our people are more than complacent, behaving as if our township has been declared Ebola free,” he said.

Koti said being afraid of another outbreak of the virus, his group has decided to embark on an awareness campaign to educate the residents that Ebola is still alive in the township.

He said with support from George M. Hampton Foundation based in the United States, VFT in partnership with West Point Women for Health and Development Organization (WPWHDO) has begun training some residents who will create awareness about the existence of the Ebola virus.

Speaking over the weekend during a one-day workshop on strengthening Ebola response awareness in West Point, Koti said the participants would encourage the residents to continuously abide by the preventive measures especially during the special senatorial election so as to eradicate the virus from the township.

According to him, community participation in the fight against Ebola is key to the process, as such, participants would engage the residents to suggest what can be done to eradicate the killer virus from the township.

He said VFT would use the West Point approach as a pilot project that would be used in other communities to eliminate the virus from Liberia.

The participants lauded VFT for the initiative and assured of their cooperation in the process.