.. SHALOM Executive Director Urges Peer Educators
The Executive Director of a non-governmental organization, Pate Chon SHALOM is urging peer educators trained to help sensitize Liberians about the danger of the Ebola virus in the country instead of Sympathizing with victims. Madam Pate also disclosed that her organization has completed a two-day sensitization and peer education workshop on the danger of the deadly Ebola virus with 300 adolescent girls currently under their adolescent girls’ project sponsored by UNICEF.
She said the training was conducted by the Health Promotion Division of the Ministry of health.
Madam Chon said their intervention followed a message from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urging citizens to take the preventive measures of Ebola virus seriously to avoid the spread of the deadly disease.
She also indicated that the campaign will be under the Theme: “Sensitize not Sympathize”. She said her organization will send out some of the trainees in communities to serve as peer educators of the Ebola virus.
Madam Chon made the disclosure Friday at the end of a two-day training workshop in the Borough of New Kru town.
She indicated that SHALOM will be working with 50 young adolescent girls to carry out the message from 18 to 19 years that will be involved with telling people how to prevent the virus.
Madam Chon said the selected peer educators are going to use loud speakers and mega phones to carry out their work.
She also said that the peer educators are going to be providing volunteer services to the community and SHALOM.
For his part, the Assistant Director of the Health Division at the Ministry of Health, Richard Zeon said the Ministry is committed to fighting the Ebola virus.
Mr. Zeon stressed that the sensitization and awareness campaign will help the fight against the deadly virus.
He expressed confidence in the girls for their willingness to carry out the message that will help reduce the spread of the virus in the country. Meanwhile, participants at the two days workshop expressed appreciation to SHALOM for conducting the training which will enable them serve as ambassadors of Ebola.