Oxfam-Liberia has increased its presence in several communities in Montserrado County as part of efforts to defeat the deadly Ebola virus.
The intervention of Oxfam-Liberia in the fight against Ebola is making tremendous impact in communities where the project was launched.
The group's intervention targets 35,000 residents in four communities in Montserrado County. The communities include New Kru Town, Clara Town, West Point and Garwulah Township (Logan Town).
A release quotes the Program Manager of Oxfam Ebola Response in Montserrado County, Teddy Kabunda as saying that the intervention is aimed at reducing the number of Ebola cases coming out of the county.
Mr. Kabunda said Montserrado County is one of the hot spots of the virus, as such, it is significant for the Ebola Response Program to be launched in the county.
He said apart from working in contact with partners in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, Oxfam-Liberia is also engaged with stakeholders in the health sector providing support to health practitioners.
Kabunda said as a tool to effectively combat the virus, Community Health Volunteers have been trained to carry out active case finding.
He said Oxfam-Liberia remains committed to working with partners and local stakeholders to ensure that Ebola is eradicated from the country.
For his part, Oxfam's Montserado County Public Health Promotion Team Leader, Abdullah Ampilan said his team is working with Community Health Volunteers in selected communities on active case to reduce the transmission of the Ebola virus.
Mr. Ampilan said detecting individuals showing early symptoms of the virus has been effective in the fight against Ebola.
“Our Hygiene Promotion activities also contributed immensely to our institution's intervention,” the Oxfam Public Health Team Leader added.
As part of the response, Mr. Ampilan said Oxfam distributed hygiene kits to community members with basic awareness about the Ebola virus.
Beneficiaries of Oxfam Ebola Response Project have described the Oxfam's intervention in their respective communities as a life saving venture.
For his part, the head of New Kru Town Ebola Task Force Bacchus Karpeh described Oxfam's intervention as timely.
Karpeh said prior to the intervention of Oxfam, conditions were terrible in their community as it relates to the Ebola virus.