Education and Prevention

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Firestone Liberia established procedures to screen, identify, monitor, trace, isolate and treat those suspected of having the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited the following activities as successful programming that has helped curb the spread of the disease:

  • Establishing an incident management system and procedures for early diagnosis and isolation of Ebola patients.
  • Following infection control guidelines and providing differing levels of monitoring for those who have come into contact with the virus.
  • Immediate quarantining of patients, including options for voluntary quarantining in homes or at Firestone facilities.
  • Conducting a risk communications, prevention and social mobilization campaign activated through town hall meetings, church services and mobile units to promote the prevention message and help citizens better understand the symptoms, care and prevention of Ebola, so they can protect themselves during this outbreak.
  • Utilizing the 450 teachers in our company school system to canvass our communities to provide information on the Ebola virus, its symptoms, how to prevent it and what to do if a person might have the virus or comes into contact with someone who might have the virus.
  • Using Firestone’s radio station, “Voice of Firestone” to educate the public about safety measures and disseminate prevention messages sanctioned by the Ministry of Health. Various shows broadcast daily in multiple languages, covering the Firestone area and surrounding counties.