LIBERIA: LPRC Accelerates Campaign Against the Spread of Ebola

LPRC Board Member, Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams,II and PR Manager William Morris During The Launch Of The Awareness:

The Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) as a means of sustaining its Ebola awareness campaign which was recently launched on July 30, in the Township of West Point, has made several hundred gallons donations of fuel to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) for Television stations in the country and another donation to the PUL for Radio stations and Newspapers and four medical Institutions in the country.

During the donation to the PUL , Managing Director T. Nelson Williams,II  said that it was  time for all hands to be on deck in the fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus which has threatened the existence of our country and people. "These donations are intended to accelerate the capacity of the media to spread Ebola awareness on the airwaves and through print; while the donation will assist medical centers reopen to the public after a period of closure".

The Press Union of Liberia received two separate donations of 1,000  and 1,500 gallons worth of fuel coupons. The 1,000 fuel coupons are  to assist  television stations broadcast Ebola awareness jingles and programs while the gesture of 1,500 fuel coupons are to be distributed amongst print and electronic media houses in the country, meaning radio stations and newspapers in the country.

Receiving the first donation of fuel coupons at a program held in the LPRC Training hall, PUL president Kamara Abdullah Kamara said they were grateful to the LPRC for the gesture as the Ebola issue is very serious in the country. "Ebola does not discriminate and we must continue to work collectively in eradicating this menace from our country", the PUL president noted.

Mr. Kamara then called on other institutions to follow the LPRC's example. During the second donation at the headquarters of the PUL in Monrovia, the organization's Vice President Jallah Grayfield upon receiving the coupons from LPRC Public Relations Manager William Morris said the LPRC has taken the lead with respect to giving to the PUL as others institutions have followed their example in giving to the union. Mr. Griffiths indicated that the Liberia Business Association gave gallons of fuel.      
 Also, 700 gallons worth of diesel fuel coupons each  were donated to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Benson Hospital  in Paynesville and the St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Congo Town.

In separate statements, the  heads of the institution mentioned above lauded the LPRC initiative  which they described as a demonstration of sincere commitment in fighting the Ebola menace in the country.

It can be recalled that LPRC made a donation of $75,000.00  to the National Ebola  Task Force and launched Ebola awareness in 11 communities around its facilities on the Bushrod Island. The communities that benefitted from the LPRC Ebola awareness were West point, Vai Town, Clara Town and Peugeot Garage communities. Other communities that benefited from the awareness were Bilimah, Logan Town, Doe Community, Logan Town, New Kru Town and Duala.

Health tips and Ebola prevention methods were explained to community dwellers through dramas and moderate discussions.

 The Health Unit and Public Relations Section of the LPRC went to these 11 communities in creating the Ebola awareness as Several plastic fossil buckets and many gallons of detergents were used as demonstration items with several of these items as well distributed to the  communities.
There are also statements and jingles sponsored by the LPRC on various radio stations indicating that Ebola is real, must be taken seriously with everyone taking the preventive measures. "Ebola is real, Save Yourself, Save your family, save your community!". The LPRC has certainly taken the lead as others continue to follow.

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