Firestone Liberia Intensifies HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (November 13, 2006)- The Firestone Medical Center in Harbel, Margibi County, has begun intensifying its HIV/AIDS awareness campaign within the concession area of Firestone Liberia and its environs ahead of the pending celebration of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.
The campaign, which has been characterized by lectures, drama performances, distribution of male and female condoms and the display of posters, brought hundreds of residents together wherever the team visited within the concession area of Firestone Liberia and its surrounding communities.
Medical sources are quoted as saying that the campaign is aimed at educating employees and their families on the danger the deadly disease poses to the survival of the human race and the methods of its prevention. The campaign, which began last week, is being implemented by a team of individuals headed by the Counselor and Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Unit at the Firestone Medical Center, Rev. Salome Yargoldmer, assisted by Frances Morgan, a nurse assigned to the HIV/AIDS Unit of the Firestone Medical Center.
The team is currently touring the concession area and nearby communities explaining to residents, including students, about how the disease can be contracted and the importance of safe sex to their personal survival.
According to Rev. Yargoldmer, every division of Firestone Liberia is expected to be visited in order to keep residents abreast with all necessary information relating to how the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other sexually transmitted diseases are affecting mankind worldwide.
She said the campaign is also intended to prepare residents of Firestone and its environs for the forthcoming World AIDS Day which is expected to be celebrated on Dec. 1, 2006 in Liberia and other parts of the world.
Rev. Yargoldmer praised the Firestone Liberia, through the Chief Medical Officer of the Firestone Medical Center, Dr. Lyndon Mabande, for the level of human and material assistance her team continues to receive in its quest to reduce the risk the disease poses to the population of Firestone in particular and Liberia in general.
The head of the HIV/AIDS Unit of the Firestone Medical Center also lauded the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) for their immense support to the HIV/AIDS Unit at the Firestone Medical Center and other teams throughout the country.
She further disclosed that the current campaign will end on Nov. 27 in anticipation of the global celebration of World AIDS Day.