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WHO To Train Ambulance Drivers
By D. Ignatius Roberts, LINA Grand Cape Mount County Correspondent
ROBERTSPORT, September 6 (LINA) -The World Health Organization (WHO) Health Consultant for Grand Cape Mount County, Dr. Akpaka Kalu, has disclosed that the UN agency will train ambulance drivers for prompt response to Ebola cases in the county.
Dr. Kalu said quick response is another way of containing the spread of the Ebola virus in an area.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Dr. Kalu made the statement Wednesday in Sinje Town, Garwula District during the county Ebola Task Force meeting.
He said WHO is prepared to work with the county health team so that together they can eradicate Ebola from the county and the country at large.
He said those who will be recruited and trained will be put on salary and given incentives to encourage them to work hard, honestly and with commitment in the fight against Ebola.
In a related development, the County Health Officer, Dr. Julius Garbo, wants the government and partners to conduct training for laboratory technicians who will take specimens from Ebola patients and dead bodies to immediately respond to cases.
Dr. Garbo said the two trained laboratory technicians in the county are inadequate to respond to Ebola cases.
The health practitioner said one of the fastest ways to contain the virus is to respond to cases to avoid confrontation between the community dwellers and health workers.
He said in the past serious tension arose between rural dwellers and health workers due to delays by the Ministry of Health teams to remove suspected Ebola patients and dead bodies.