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Youth Group Concerned About Low Ebola Centers
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, September 15 (LINA) - An official of a local non-governmental organization, Youth Against Ebola, says the lack of sufficient Ebola withholding and treatment centers across the country could thwart efforts to contain the virus.
The group’s Chairman, Ambrose Kun, noted that when suspected Ebola patients remain in communities and are not attended to because of limited facilities, the disease will continue to spread and kill more people.
Kun told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Sunday minutes after the organization ended an Ebola sensitization exercise in the Duan Town Community in Barnesville that residents complained that health workers often refuse to carry suspected Ebola sufferers to any of the wit holing centers owing to lack of space.
He described the situation as counter-productive to the fight against the deadly disease, and called on the government and partners to fast-track efforts to establish of additional withholding and treatment centers if Liberia must succeed in containing the virus.
Kun also warned residents against stigmatizing people who are suspected of or infected with the disease, as doing so will undermine the campaign to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.
‘Youth Against Ebola’ was organized three months ago by a group of young men and women in the Barnesville Belt, with the objective to help beef up government’s effort in spreading anti-Ebola messages on a voluntary basis.