The Chief Executive Officer of the Serene Health Mobile Clinic, Mrs. Maima Pelham, addressing students
Health Worker Warns Against Mixing Ebola, Politics
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, April 14 (LINA) – The Chief Executive Officer of the Serene Health Mobile Clinic is calling on politicians not to politicize the outbreak of Ebola in the country.
Mrs. Maima Pelham made the statement in an interview with the Liberia News Agency on Monday on the campus of the St. Theresa’s Convent in Monrovia where she went to sensitize students about the deadly Ebola virus.
Pelham, who is also a professional nurse working at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town in Monrovia, said the disease is actually in the country and has already claimed the lives of some Liberians and hence politicizing the issue of Ebola will further put the lives of more Liberians at risk.
She said it is about time that every Liberian took the initiative of creating awareness about the Ebola virus seriously because it is the only remedy to the spread of the disease which has no cure.
Mrs. Pelham told students of St. Theresa’s Convent to avoid eating plums and other fruits that are partially eaten by bats, avoid touching people with signs of the disease, especially when they constantly vomit, toilet or are weak and when they have rashes on their skin.
She advised the students to also wash their hands constantly when they shake hands and should always chlorinate their water as well as avoid eating or touching bush meat such as monkeys, and chimpanzees, among others.
Mrs. Pelham also told the students to ensure that piercing instruments used on them at health centers are new or sterilized because if an instrument used on an Ebola patient is used on another person the risk of contracting the disease is high.
“Ebola is here, it is real and it has no cure,” Pelham told the students, adding that she remains committed to spreading the message at as many schools as would be possible during the fight against the Ebola virus.