LIBERIA: Fula Community Identifies With Government, Presents Three Pickups For Ebola Fight

More donations continue to come in support of Government’s fight against the Ebola virus disease, the latest coming from the Fula Community in Liberia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the donation worth almost US$150,000 includes three Nissan pickup trucks, assorted food items and mineral water.

Presenting the donation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, September 15, Fula Governor Alhaji Gaye said the fight against the Ebola virus should be everyone’s business and the donation was a demonstration of this fight.

Governor Alhaji Gaye said they saw it as a compelling need to donate to the fight as the Ebola virus disease knows no special person and noted that together both Liberians and its foreign partners will overcome the disease.

On behalf of the Fula Community in Liberia, Governor Gaye renewed their commitment to cooperating with the Liberian Government in the fight against the Ebola outbreak and all the economic problems associated with it.

He assured President Sirleaf that the Fula Community, most of whom are doing business in the country, will adhere to all government regulations including maintaining stable prices for goods and services and joining the anti-Ebola activities.

Receiving the items, President Sirleaf described the donation as another major logistical step taken in the Ebola fight. She thanked the Fula Community for the donation, terming the action as a true demonstration of partnership.

The keys to the two pickup trucks and the assorted food items were handed over to General Services Agency director-general Mary Broh in whose care the items are kept for onward delivery to the National Ebola Supply Coordinator James Dorbor Jallah.

The program graced by House Speaker Alex Tyler and subheads of the Fula Community in Liberia.

In another development, President Sirleaf, at the weekend, toured healthcare facilities in Bong County to access the needs of these facilities in the Ebola fight.

The Liberian leader, on Sunday, September 14, visited the CB Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga, Phebe Hospital in Suakoko and the Bong Mines Hospital in lower Bong County.

The Liberian leader, who chairs the National Ebola Taskforce, also made stops at healthcare facilities in Zeansue, Salala and Totota while en route from Gbarnga to Bong Mines in lower Bong County.

At these health facilities, the Liberian leader assured healthcare workers that they will be supplied of Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs) and noted that this was a priority for them as they risk their lives to save lives.

She also assured healthcare workers of improvement in their wages and other benefits including risk benefits which is being finalized by government and would inform them shortly of the upward adjustment.

President Sirleaf thanked the healthcare workers for keeping the facilities opened and providing services for regular sicknesses.

While in Gbarnga, President Sirleaf inspected the Ebola Holding Center under construction within the Bismark Kuwon Sports Stadium and also was briefed about the Phebe Treatment Center which was opened Monday to affected patients.
 
The healthcare workers praised the Liberian leader for her leadership and courage in the fight as it demonstrates a caring leader that will carry out these personal engagements with those in the frontline of the fight that allows them to frankly engage their President on challenges and prospects in the Ebola fight.

Meanwhile, the Bong County Health Team assured President Sirleaf and the county’s taskforce of breaking the transmission due to the vigorous contact tracing mechanism now put in place as well as the cooperation of residents in various communities around the county.

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