Iron ore mining firm, Arcelor Mittal, has donated US$5,000 and 200 buckets for hygienic use to the Grand Bassa Task Force to enhance the fight against Ebola in the county.
A senior member of the Task Force, Assistant Superintendent for Development Adoni Z. Greaves, disclosed to journalists during a press briefing Thursday that the donation was made on Tuesday, August 19.
Greaves said the money will be used to compensate the Ebola burial teams that are sacrificing their lives to dispose of dead victims and to purchase needed logistics for the Ebola Task Force.
He added that the buckets will be distributed among the districts and communities in Grand Bassa.
“This is for the sole purpose of curtailing the Ebola disease that has no border and no cure, but can be prevented,” Greaves noted.
The iron ore miner, a few months ago, built a quarantine unit at the Liberia Government Hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, as a contribution to the Ebola fight.
In a related development,Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) has donated US$800, chlorine and assorted medical supplies to the Grand Cape Mount County Health Team to beef up its fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the county.
The presentation was made recently during the Ebola Task Force coordination meeting held in Sinje Town, Garwula District.
The Land Reclamation Manager of the company, Daoda V. Metzger, who made the donation, said the management’s attention has been drawn to the outbreak of the Ebola disease which has claimed the lives of some citizens of the county.
He said the donation is the company’s initial contribution towards the battle against the disease, noting that the eradication of the disease is a primary concern of the company to avoid further destruction of lives.
Mr. Metzger commended the County administration and the County Health Team for formulating strategies geared towards preventing the spread of the virus.
Receiving the donation, County Superintendent Imam Mohammed A. Paasewe thanked Sime Darby for the gesture and said the donation will help health workers to fight the spread of the virus in the county.