The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has donated today two state-of-the-art trucks to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) for the dislodging of liquid waste from Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs). Since the beginning of this year, the ICRC has been providing the LWSC with technical support for the safe disposal of contaminated sewage from ETUs in Monrovia.

Frankie Cassell, Deputy Managing Director/Technical Services of LWSC and Jean Jerome Casabianca ICRC Head of team in Liberia signed today the donation for the desludging trucks Samuel Levy from ICRC and Frankie Cassell from LWSC during the donation of the desludging trucks from ICRC to LWSC

ICRC and LWSC teams at the ICRC delegation in Monrovia today during the donation of the desludging trucks 17 LWSC staff members have been trained by the ICRC on Infection, Prevention and Control measures as well as in the use of the trucks. Following strict safety protocols and under the supervision of ICRC experts, the crew has recently completed the removal of 270 cubic meters of Ebola contaminated waste from four ETUs in the capital.

“We have put in place a system which ensures that all the Ebola liquid waste is treated safely explained Samuel Levy, ICRC team leader for this project. “The team was trained on the use of the personal protective equipment (PPE) that they had to wear. They also ran several training sessions on the use of the trucks before launching the operations”.

The dislodging process comprises the collection of and removal of and removal of liquid waste from the septic tanks located at the ETUs. The sewage is then, transported its transfer by truck, the discharged and stored of the waste at the Fiamah treatment plant in Monrovia. The site, chosen by LWSC, is the only one in the country capable of safely storing and handling liquid Ebola waste.

The two trucks will continue to be used for the dislodging of ETUs as explained Frankie Cassell, deputy managing director of LWSC. “The project will go on following the same guidelines and protocols that have been implemented by the ICRC. We will also continue working with the crew. We thank ICRC as well all the other partners for their assistance and the development of the technical capacities of our staff”.

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