Kofi Woods Mobilizes ‘Fastest’ Ebola Test Machine, Other support For Liberia

Renowned Liberian human rights lawyer Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, and Mr. Ties Kroezen, Venture Manager of Philips Africa’s Incubator
Renowned Liberian human rights lawyer Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, and Mr. Ties Kroezen, Venture Manager of Philips Africa’s Incubator

As the Ebola Virus disease ravages the country, a renowned Liberian human rights lawyer Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, is mobilizing strong international support to help the government and the country deal with the killer disease, with a pending arrival of what would be the fastest Ebola test machine in Liberia.

The Philips Corporation, an electronics manufacturing giant says it will shortly roll out the improved diagnosis equipment for the quick detection of the Ebola virus disease.

Mr. Ties Kroezen, Venture Manager of Philips Africa’s Incubator, made the disclosure during a meeting with Atty. Woods Wednesday in the Netherlands.

According to Mr. Ties Kroezen the new testing equipment which will take seconds to diagnose Ebola, will be rolled in out in a matter of weeks. “It is expected that when this machine comes into use, it will take seconds to diagnose cases of Ebola,” Kroezen told Woods.

The Ebola diagnostic device discussed is awaiting approval by WHO for deployment. When approved, WHO will take responsibility for local distribution, according to Woods.

“We are also in contact with USAID and the US Department of Defense about using this device. The US DOD is already using the standard version of these devices and should be easily able to use the Ebola-version,” a dispatch from Holland noted.

Woods who recently concluded several high level meetings in the United States in search of aid for Liberia in the fight against the Ebola outbreak, as well as support to build Liberia’s healthcare infrastructure, has also met with Dutch Parliamentarians, Development Organizations and corporations.

Woods said his mission is to muster consolidated programs to intervene in the current Ebola emergency as well as to advocate for a long-term plan and strategy to improve and upgrade Liberia’s antiquated healthcare system.

“Any further delay in delivering much needed logistics and supplies to Liberia will lead to the death of many more people and this is morally unacceptable,” the fearless human right advocate continued. “Liberia needs help, and it needs it urgently. This is a global tragedy. Send us medical help and everything else that would help us deal with this catastrophe. We need medical practitioners, doctors, logisticians, ambulances, mobile clinics and we need help in building both institutional and human capacity in the medium and long term.”

Woods then emphasized the need for governments, international organizations and wealthy individuals to assist the struggling people of Liberia by providing more ambulances, mobile clinics, testing equipment and other assistance.

He commended the international community for their commitment to assist but declared “that it is too slow in arriving and the help might just be useless when it arrives. We need urgent action and we need it now!”

In another development, Woods has asked Save the Children Netherlands and other children’s and relief organizations to develop and design programs to address the plight of children who have been orphaned by the Ebola virus.

Speaking to officials of Save the Children-Netherlands, Woods emphasized the need to pay attention to kids who have become orphaned as a result of the Ebola Virus while implementing normal Ebola protection programs and building treatment centers. These kids are victims and they stigmatized like other survivors. They need to be de-traumatized and de-stigmatized” Woods noted.

Woods, who serves as an Ambassador of Save The Children-Netherlands on the group’s campaign to educate the Dutch Public about the Ebola Virus and to solicit support from the Dutch public for the Ebola fight in West Africa, said he plans on developing a celebrity network to create awareness and increase international attention on eradicating the virus as well as emphasize the need to de-stigmatize it.

Attorney Woods is well known internationally and has insisted that he will use every ounce of contact available to him in support of efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. He has also been meeting with various corporations, foundations and organizations to discuss the possibility of other assistance including small solar lights for young children.

It can be recalled that Atty. Woods studied in the Netherland and lived two years in exile in that country. He is also member of the International Advisory Board of CORDAID, Member of the Advisory Board of the Responsible Mining Index and now an Ambassador for Save the Children Netherlands.

While recently in the United States, Woods also met with several organizations and individuals as part of his campaign to solicit assistance for the fight against Ebola as well as to build Liberia’s healthcare infrastructure.

The former Public Works Minister also met with several Liberian organizations and got the commitment of several organizations to supply funding and materials for the fight against Ebola and to help in rebuilding Liberia’s broken healthcare infrastructure

In a related development, Woods met with Dutch Parliamentarians prior to a recent debate on the Ebola Crisis in Liberia.

During the parliamentary debate on Wednesday, October 8, the Ministry of Development has announced that it will increase support and also announced the initial provision of 10 ambulances to Liberia.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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