The Liberian Government has approved US$100,000 for Grand Bassa County from its Social Development Fund to fight the spread of Ebola in the county.
Disclosing this to the Liberia News Agency in a brief mobile phone interview Friday, the Assistant Superintendent for Development, Adoni Z. Greaves, said the amount is for a period of one month.
Even though Greaves could not readily comment on how the money will be expended, the Chairman of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, gave a part breakdown on how it will be disbursed on a social network Friday.
She said that two pickup trucks and seven motorbikes will be purchased for use by the Ebola Task Force of Grand Bassa County.
She added that six quarantine centers will be built, furnished and electrified, while funding will be provided for one month of feeding at the centers.
She further said that US$5,000 will be disbursed to each of the five electoral districts for awareness campaign as well as purchasing of fuel oil, gas and chlorine.
Lawrence also disclosed that an amount of US$1,000 will be given to each of the six radio stations operating in the county for to disseminate awareness messages on the Ebola virus.
She said the city government will also be compensated for cleaning the City of Buchanan.
In A related development, Grand Bassa Superintendent Etweeda Cooper has called on zone and community leaders in Buchanan to report to health authorities sick persons in their communities for check-up at health centers.
She observed that although not every sick person with diarrhea and fever is an Ebola patient, it is safer for them to be thoroughly checked in order to be sure of their cases.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Superintendent Cooper made the call when she met with zone and community leaders at her office in Buchanan recently.
She pointed out that people are fleeing from Monrovia and other parts of Liberia to their relatives in Buchanan, adding that everyone needs to be checked to save the lives of residents.
Madam Cooper told the leaders that she cannot withstand citizens dying in the county from Ebola, adding that “every single case is one case too many.”
“I don’t want to see bodies lying in the streets of Buchanan. I don’t want to see bodies in your zones, so you zone leaders have to work overtime to save Buchanan and this is my order,” Supt. Cooper stressed.
She said the Ebola virus is more active when victims are about to die and when they are dead, because it has to find its way into a living being, noting that the virus is weak but, only if citizens follow the rules outlined by health authorities to conquer it.
“There is a quarantine site in Buchanan, and plans are underway to set up more centers in the districts and funding will be sought to feed those that will enter the quarantine sites,” she said.
Cooper explained that “under the State of Emergency, some of our rights are limited, our movements are limited and we do not want Bassa to be quarantined as has been done in some parts of Liberia.”
She added: “So we are setting up checkpoints in other parts of Bassa, including the Rivercess border and St. John River Bridge.”
She then urged the leaders to work harder to prevent the spread of the deadly disease that has already claimed the lives of hundreds of Liberians.