LIBERIA: Breweries Join Deadly Ebola Fight, Distributes over US$ 45,000 Ebola Preventive Items

The management of the Monrovia Breweries Incorporated has begun the distributions of over US$ 45,000 worth of Ebola prevention materials to several communities within the Municipal Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island in Monrovia.

The Company’s humanitarian gesture which covered the Borough of New Kru Town with over 22 slum communities’ residents received several relief items including over 3,500 Ebola plastic buckets, cantons of chloral and other educational Ebola materials.

The Company’s Marketing and Customer Relations Manager Ms. Thelma R. Dennis who spearheaded the distributions, also disclosed that this is her  management  own way of helping the Liberian government and people to step up responses to the Ebola virus endemic in the country.

She said her management was distributing similar Ebola buckets and cholera and educational materials to her customers and wholesalers of Club Beer in Monrovia, including Club Beer depots in Ganta, Nimba County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, among others.

She disclosed that one Uncle Lawrence has already commenced distribution Ebola prevention materials at the Club Beer depots in Ganta and Buchanan cities outside Monrovia.

Thelma said the battle against Ebola virus demands united front and so Monrovia Breweries which is fully Liberian was happy to buttress the ongoing tedious efforts of government and partners in eradicating the Ebola virus from the country.

 “This gesture is our management team headed by Dr. Nelson Oniyama second times contributing to government‘s response to Ebola. Our management had contributed about one millions Liberian dollars toward government’s Ebola response,” averred Ms. Dennis.

According to Ms. Dennis, Club Beer Management’s response to Ebola is to educate the masses and reinforce sanitation in various communities, just making the people to know what to do and what not to do as well as providing needed buckets, and chloral for use.
   
“As much as we need our people to go to the health centers for medical test and treatment, we equally need to take seriously the preventive aspects of various responses against Ebola virus in the country, averred Ms. Dennis.

Providing clarity on disagreement between her Management and the Borough leadership, Ms. Dennis explained that Governor Alice Weah, contrary to our Ebola policy, brought huge crowd into the compound of Beer factory to take delivery of the Ebola prevention materials intended for the people of Borough. She said the huge crowded did not only contravene policy but also poses health threats to the club beer factory and all of its staffs.

According to her, the security allowed the governor and but disallowed the crowd into the compound because by doing so will flout management’s policy against crowdedness and health security concerned in the plant. Our management is trying to do all within its powers to stop crowdedness and to help avoid possible body contact during this Ebola era in the plant.

Ms. Dennis said the prevention policy is adhering by all including all staffs and workers of Club Beer Factory as well as government officials visiting the plants during the Ebola era.

She revealed that the management has even sent home most of its workers on vacation with their regular salaries and other benefits being paid monthly in keeping with the policy which strives to avoid crowdedness and possible body contact within the plant.

“We as management had planned to carry into the various communities for easy distribution there in the communities instead of the community people coming into the factory compound to receive the Ebola preventive materials” said Ms. Dennis.

She said Ebola fight needs the involvement of all Liberians and good friends of Liberia to help safe lives she also called on all and every institutions including entertainment centers, factories and other companies to support the ongoing  fight against Ebola for the benefit of all.

When contacted, Borough Governor Ms. Alice Weah Confirmed taking heads of the 22 communities including youth and women leaders to take delivery of donations by the Club Beer factory.
Governor Weah said the Club Beer factory management had encouraged her to come along with the leaders of the various communities including the youths and women leaders to the factory compound to take delivery of the materials.

Governor Weah said she did exactly what management requested her just for the security to only allow her in and disallowed the heads of the communities.

“ And so, I joined my people to have boycotted the delivery ceremony at Club Beer factory because the management does not respect the leaders and people of the Municipal Borough of New Kru town where it has been peacefully operating since the 1960s”, emphasized Governor Weah.

Governor Weah who claimed that the Club Beer management had promised to give over 1000 Ebola buckets to New Kru Town, however confirmed receiving   only 348 Ebola plastic buckets at her offices without any chloral and educational materials.  She said  the dispatcher  promised to later deliver   152 buckets and that the needed chloral and education materials are not inclusive in  the package.

Governor Weah who termed the donation as belated, however  thanked  Mr. Nelson Oneyama and the entire  management of Beer factory for the gesture which she says  will greatly help  to prevent Ebola virus from among  the  citizens and residents of the Borough.  She however assured the management that her donation will reach the target people and communities.

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