Bong Health Workers Call For Protection, Training
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 28 (LINA) – In the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the president of the Bong chapter of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia, Martha C. Morris, has stressed the need for training and protection for health practitioners.
She said as personnel on the frontline of the fight against the Ebola epidemic, they need the right capacity and protection that will ensure that their lives are not at risk as they save the lives of others.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on Ebola awareness held in the Gbarnga Administration Hall recently, Madam Morris warned: “We would have gone slow weeks ago but for the purpose of saving lives we chose to remain on the job, but we will not continue in the absence of training and protection.”
She frowned at the manner in which the outbreak of the deadly disease was initially overlooked which, she noted, has led to the death of their colleagues at the Phebe Hospital.
Madam Morris said in addition to training, there was need for the provision of protective gear that will protect health workers from contracting the virus from those whose lives they help to save.
She said a survey has revealed that nearly all clinics and health posts in the county are operating without protective gear, something which, she said, will further worsen the situation if not addressed immediately.
Madam Morris has meanwhile lauded the leadership of the County Health Team for the enlightenment and called for continuation of the awareness campaign.