House Speaker J. Alex Tyler
House’s Health Committee Underscores Education
By: Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, August 21(LINA) -The Health and Social Welfare Committee of the House of Representatives says the new Household-Community-based Approach Strategy in the fight against the Ebola Virus developed by health authorities needs much education and consultation.
The Committee noted that it was important to educate and consult community dwellers about the strategy before its implementation to avoid the recurrence of the West Point scenario.
The Committee’s position was contained in its first report submitted to Plenary on Thursday since it was mandated two weeks ago to liaise with the National Task Force on Ebola and report to the body on a weekly basis, according to the Liberia News Agency.
In the report, the committee observed that there is no adequate preventive awareness education being done in rural towns, communities and counties about the killer Ebola disease by health authorities and the Ebola Task Force.
It also observed that there are limited and centralized Ebola Testing Centers in the country, coupled with few quarantine and treatment centers to accommodate suspected and confirmed cases.
According to the Committee, among other things, it further observed that quarantined communities and counties are not provided emergency relief supplies, thereby making life difficult for people there.