“Freeport Is Ebola Safety Zone” Stevedores Boss Disclosed

The President of the Stevedores Union, Mr. Lewis Dugbeh has lauded the management of APM Terminal for successfully making the Free Port of Monrovia freed from the deadly Ebola virus epidemic in Liberia.
 He also thanked the Liberian government and NPA management for supporting APM Terminal management’s initiatives aimed at making the Freeport of Monrovia an Ebola Virus epidemic freed Zone in the country.    
 The Trade Unionist said the cooperative efforts by the Managing Director of APM Terminal, Mr. Brain W. Fuggle and National ports Authority (NPA) Boss Madame Matilda Parker were largely helping to keep vessels sailing to Liberia and everybody entering the Freeport saves from contacting the deadly Ebola Virus.
Mr. Lewis Dugbeh, President of the Stevedores (Casual Workers) section of the United Seamen Ports and General Workers Union of Liberia made the commendation when he addressed Casual workers forum last Friday nearer the Freeport of Monrovia on Bushrod Island in Monrovia.
Mr.Dugbeh observed that since the outbreak of Ebola about eight months in last March, the Freeport of Monrovia has yet to produce a single case of Ebola virus owing to the ongoing preventive Ebola response of APM Terminal management.
 According to him, the APM Terminal Management was enforcing all preventive health measures on all Freeport customers, visitors, Vessels’ crew-members and workers including senior managers without any exception.
 He said management also encourages all Freeport workers to wear long sleeve shirts  and trousers  under their  personal protective equipment (PPE) and  observe Ebola health advises from the Health Ministry, WHO and the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) , among others.
He disclosed that the APM Terminal management instituted daily temperature checking and hands washing of all persons entering the Freeport of Monrovia.
Mr. Dugbeh said APM Terminal management equally built a mini Ebola tents to help check suspected cases and instituted daily monitoring of all workers’ activities and health status for possible Ebola symptoms during working hours, among others.
Mr.Dugbeh further averred that management also ensure that casual workers are covered by blanket insurance meaning that  the insurance for individual institutions or shipping agency covers its casual workers assigned onboard their respective vessels  or offices during hour hours.
He said the workers are grateful to APM Terminal for striving to keep the Freeport of Monrovia opened and more functional amidst deadly Ebola Virus epidemic while other so-called investors and public officials fled the country for personal safety.
He noted that the continuous functioning of the seaports amidst Deadly Ebola epidemic was largely helping to also prevent hunger and acute shortages of other basic commodities in the country.

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