Students Active in Ebola Case Finders

first_imgSince the closure of the university due to the Ebola outbreak, Tony Harrison, sociology student at the University of Liberia, has been trying to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus. He joined the team of active case finders to go from house to house to find out if sick people are being treated.With his academic experience, Tony was suggested by his community chairman as an ideal person to join the team of active case finders working in district 8 of the Liberian capital Monrovia, in Montserrado County.As a member of this community, Tony is perfectly placed to have access to the local people and conduct this exercise.”It will help to save lives in my community and maybe in my own family. I really would like to return to my normal life and go back to school,” he says.Since early November, WHO in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health has trained 1600 community volunteers, like Tony, from different districts within Montserrado County to work as active case finders. The volunteers were trained on how to effectively ask the questions, how to complete the form, how to then pass on the information to their supervisor and got insight on what happens with the data afterwards.An active case finder goes from house to house in a community, and asks questions related to the total number of people present in the house, the number of sick people, if anyone has been put in quarantine or if anyone has died in the house. The purpose of this exercise is to find out if sick people are being treated at home. If sick people are present in the houses, the families are encouraged to seek health assistance and go to a health facility.This role is sometimes confused with contact tracing. Contact tracers, however, are responsible for following people who have had contact with an Ebola case every day for 21 days to see if they present any Ebola symptoms.“I want to thank Tony very much for coming around and asking questions about what is going on,” says Victor, one of the community members of district 8 who was interviewed today by Tony. “This is good work. I want him to keep on going because we have to kick Ebola out of Liberia.”Robbin L. George is another university student working as an active case finder. “This morning, I went into my community, searched house to house and interviewed a few people, ” he says. “It is something I love to do because it will save my community and my ‘mother’ Liberia.”“What makes this activity important is that it will help us to quickly get rid of Ebola out of the country. It will help to save lives in my community and maybe in my own family. I really would like to return to my normal life and go back to school,” adds Tony.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘NOW WE’RE SUCKING DIESEL’!! DONEGAL MOTORISTS FILL UP AGAIN AFTER RATION SCARE

first_imgMOTORISTS were again allowed to fill up their tanks with petrol and diesel in West Donegal this afternoon after some garages had been forced to introduce rationing.Garages in West Donegal, especially in Gweedore and Gortahork, had been forced to limit customers to just €20 of fuel each.Many garages had run very low on fuel after treacherous roads prevented delivery trucks from Derry from making the journey. Eugene Gallagher from Gallagher’s Filling Station in Derrybeg had been hoping a tanker would arrive last Friday or Saturday and was forced to ration fuel until a delivery lorry arrived yesterday morning.“We were getting very low and we had to ration fuel. They were supposed to come out on Friday and Saturday but couldn’t make it because of the roads.“They eventually arrived earlier today but it took them five hours coming from Derry which would normally take them little more than an hour and a half,” he said.Another local garage owner Jimmy Sharkey from the Top Filling Station in Dungloe refused to ration his petrol saying he would rather run out than do that to his customers. “We were running very low but I just didn’t want to ration petrol when people took the time to come out and give us the business.“Thankfully the lads from Top Oil managed to get from Derry this afternoon and fill us up again,” he said.However Mr Sharkey warned that petrol and diesel could reach a record high for two years in the coming weeks.“The problem is that the Government are putting so many taxes on fuel that we are being forced to pass it onto the customer.“We don’t want to be doing this but we have been left with no choice,” he said. Fine Gael Deputy Dinny McGinley warned that more rationing is inevitable if the roads in West Donegal and the rest of the county are not treated properly.“We have been warning about this for the last number of days and now rationing has already hit. Thankfully the tankers managed to get here.“But the bottom line is that this should never have been allowed to happen if the roads of Donegal were treated with salt as they have been in many other parts of the country.“We need to take a drastic look at this situation and make sure it does not happen again. The winter is far from over,” he warned. Meanwhile Donegal County Council is due to receive a large supply of salt tomorrow (WED) or Thursday as a new shipment comes in from Tunisia.Ends‘NOW WE’RE SUCKING DIESEL’!! DONEGAL MOTORISTS FILL UP AGAIN AFTER RATION SCARE was last modified: December 21st, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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