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RUCEP Carries Out Cross Border Surveillance In Lofa
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RUCEP Carries Out Cross Border Surveillance In Lofa

By Gabriel T. Bundor, LINA Lofa County Intern Correspondent


VOINJAMA, March 17 (LINA) – The Rural Community Empowerment Project (RUCEP), a local non-governmental organization based in Lofa County, has begun implementing a five-month “Community Event Based Surveillance” project costing over US$90,000 in three health districts in the county.

The project, which is being funded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will be implemented in Salayea, Zorzor and Voinjama districts.

Making the disclosure to the Liberia News Agency recently, RUCEP Executive Director James Fayia said his institution has trained about 220 General Community Health Volunteers (GCHVs) to work in 220 communities in the three districts.

Fayia explained that the project will focus on cross-border surveillance of Ebola and other diseases.

Meanwhile, the Director of Community Health Services at the Health Ministry Lofa County branch, Tamba Boimah, has pointed out that the project will also provide basic health services for communities that are far away from health facilities, engage in health promotion and group monitoring to recommend to health authorities those who are sick for rapid response.

For his part, the Senior Project Officer for RUCEP, Wegie G. Morris is urging residents of the three districts to work closely with the GCHVs for the success of the project.

The three months project is expected to end in June 2016.



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