Motorcyclists in Paynesville Equipped to Help Protect Themselves against Ebola

first_imgOn October 31, 2014, The Paynesville City Corporation in collaboration with Liberians Against Ebola, Inc. (LAE, Inc.) donated over five hundred (500) protective jackets (ponchos) and over one hundred (100) spray bottles filled with chlorine to motorcyclists (pem-pem drivers) within the City of Paynesville.It is reported that within the City of Paynesville pem-pem drivers, despite the lack of proper protective gear and disinfectant, risked their lives over recent months by transporting sick passengers to the Ebola Treatment Unit at ELWA Hospital. The donation of supplies, coupled with Ebola sensitization and training through the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) Environmental Health Department, will help protect over 500 Motor-Cyclists from ELWA Junction (AB Tolbert Road), LBS Junction (Lover Street), GSA Junction, Duport Road Junction, Kpelleh Town, and Police Academy Road. The cyclists learned, among other things, about the proper concentration of chlorine and water for the spray bottles and they were encouraged to spray the hands of all passengers before allowing them to be transported on their bike.In a statement, the Mayor of Paynesville, Hon. C. Cyvette M. Gibson noted, “The pem-pem boys are very vulnerable; they lack the proper protective gear and unlike the taxi drivers, they have to make physical contact with their passengers.”  Mayor Gibson reported that H.E. President Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf recently stressed the need to protect the pem-pem boys from the Ebola Virus Disease while they provide services in the country and make their daily income. In response to the request to help these “lone riders,” LAE, Inc. gathered and shipped the needed supplies. This was accomplished with the support of individual donors, volunteers and entities, such as K2M Inc.Since being established in August 2014, LAE Inc. has worked diligently and urgently to raise awareness globally about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as well as raise funds to purchase, transport and distribute medical and food supplies to medical facilities and communities in the City of Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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