WHH empowers Ebola Task Force Volunteers in Western Urban to intensify community surveillance
Welthungerhilfe and their local partner Rectour have urged Ebola Task Force Volunteers within the Western Area Urban Area to intensify community surveillance and community mobilisation in the fight against Ebola for a zero case. (Photo: Wilberforce Ebola Task Volunteers with logistics provided by Welthungerhlife after the training)
Over 170 Ebola Task Force Volunteers drawn from different slum communities within the Western Area Urban successfully participated in a one day capacity building training on deepening community surveillance at the Atlantic Hall National Stadium.
The project coordinator for Welthungerhilfe Western Area Ebola Response Mafilla Kellie Marrah properly explained about the role of the ebola task force volunteers in the fight against ebola.
He said the increase in the number of cases within the Western Area is alarming and called for collective efforts in the fight against ebola.
He also added that some ebola volunteers have become complacent and urged them to reinvigorate their community activities.
He said Welthungerhilfe will be providing the ebola task force volunteers with thermometers hand washing materials beach umbrellas torch light and batteries and a radio for effective management and operations of the ebola check point.
He also said that volunteers will also be provided a daily stipend for effective work at the checkpoint and also called on the ebola task force to make good use of the facilities as each of the communities will sign a memorandum of understanding with WHH and Rectour.
The lead trainer of the workshop Gandi Kallon focused on neighbourhood watch and quarantine process.
The trainer from the ministry of health stated that it was in the right direction that the project is organizing such training for the Ebola Task Force volunteers.
During the training, he said the task force group leaders should not personalized the mobile phones and other materials that were provided for the work but to share the telephone number and contact information with the Western Area District Health Medical Team, contact tracers, Disease Surveillance officers, the police, and also to call 117 when there is a suspect case in the communities.
The task force already formulated, should introduce themselves to the police and explain their activities while exchanging telephone numbers and arriving at a mutually agreeable method of collaborating.
Bryan Randall from the Western Rural Area Ebola Response Center commended Welthungerhilfe for providing the training and urged the ebola volunteers to intensify their campaign against the ebola virus at community level.
A representative of Welthungerhilfe Laura and the Chairman of Rectour Francis Kappia also encouraged the participants to make good use of the training and to also implement knowledge gained.
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