Identifying With The Fight Against Ebola
SEVERAL PERSONS AND institutions have begun identifying with government’s efforts to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola virus by making donations in cash, cheques and kind to the National Task Force headed by the Chief Executive, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
RECENTLY, THE AFRICA Motors contributed US$5,000 and Mr. Seymour Grann, popularly known as SG also gave his contribution of US$1,000 as well as the Eliza Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church.
ON MONDAY, THE Government of the People’s Republic of China gave its donation in items worth about US$1.7 m while a company in the United States has consented to sending an experimental drug to be tested on those affected with the Ebola virus.
AMONG OTHERS WHO have join the fight against Ebola in Liberia has been the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Government of the United States of America and even the Liberian Government through its National Legislature who set aside some U$ 20 m in its national budget to be used for that purpose.
OTHER PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS have made their own meager contributions to electronic media institutions in Monrovia including the latest made to 45 radio stations across the country with the intent of assisting the media continue the Ebola awareness.
THIS IS A good start in the fight against the Ebola virus that is taking a rapid toll in the country. To date over 300 persons have lost their lives and thousands are suspected or have contracted the virus including medical doctors.
IT IS NO secret that everyday several dead bodies are being removed from communities while many are still complaining about the lack of swiftness in getting the National Task Force to respond as expected; a situation that sometimes leads to residents resulting to setting road blocks.
BEING COGNIZANT THAT many persons have begun identifying with the fight of Ebola in the country, it is equally important that the National Task Force use wisely and appropriately the funds and items provided especially by our international partners.
IT IS SAID that to whom much is given much is expected, therefore, we expect that those responsible for receiving and expending funds being donated will ensure proper accountability, as this is necessary to attract additional assistance.
AGAIN, WE WANT to thank all those who have contributed and hope that others will emulate this good example to end this nightmare that has befallen this nation.