Senators Step Up Efforts Against Ebola…Raise Over US$6,000 For Equipment

By Morrison O.G. Sayon

As the Ebola virus continues to claim the lives of Liberians, the Liberian Senate has stepped up efforts against the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Members of the Liberian Senate on Thursday launched a rally to raise little over US$6,000 to help purchase some materials intended to fight the virus. The Ebola epidemic has so far spread to at least seven of Liberia’s fifteen counties with an increase in the death toll.

Prior to the rally which was held in the Chamber of the Liberian Senate, Pro-tempore, Gbenzohngar Findley informed his colleagues that the virus has reached an alarming rate and as such efforts were needed to prevent the further spread of the Ebola disease.

Pro-tempore Findley said many of the hospitals and clinics lack the necessary equipment including common gloves to be used by health workers and nurses who are risking their lives to save others.

He said while the Government was doing everything possible to raise money to fight the virus, lawmakers must make personal contributions by at least purchasing cartons of gloves and other materials to help the hospitals and clinics.

Predicated upon this according to the Grand Bassa County lawmaker, it was necessary that members of that august body make personal contributions to assist in the purchase of gloves and other needed materials as health workers battle the Ebola virus.

During the session, many of the Senators raised serious concern over the alarming rate the virus has reached in Liberia and called for a state of emergency to be declared by the President against the epidemic.

Many of them agreed with the Pro-tempore that they should assist with the fight against the virus by making little contributions on personal level apart from government’s own contribution.

True to their words, the Senators raised over US$6,000 following their day’s session as their personal contribution towards the fight against Ebola.

Meanwhile, some citizens have commended members of the Liberian Senate for their personal contributions towards the Ebola war. The citizens at the same time, called on other sectors of the Liberian Government to contribute personally with needed materials and equipment to strengthen the fight against the deadly virus.