Amidst the scare of Ebola and the subsequent quarantining of the community, the police Community outreach team on Tuesday, September 2 visited Dolo Town near Harbel to provide reassurance to the people that all efforts will be made by the government to cater to their needs.
It’s the second in a series of outreach programs being executed by police authorities after a successful launch in West Point two weeks ago to spread the message of hope and to provide tips to residents on how to prevent contracting the deadly Ebola Virus.
The police convoy was greeted by jubilant residents who lined the routes to the Market center to welcome the Inspector General and delegation as well as listen to the message.
At a brief ceremony, Police Inspector-General, C. Clarence Massaquoi who led an array of senior officers, and accompanied by the Head of the United Nations Mission Police in Liberia (UNPOL) Commissioner Gregory Hinds said government was concerned about their plight and would do anything to provide the much needed humanitarian assistance while they are being quarantined.
Inspector General Massaquoi said the Police was delighted to visit the area as part of its community outreach programme to engage in public awareness on the prevention and spread of the deadly Ebola Virus that has caused the community to be quarantined by the Liberian Government.
“Our presence is to show that we love you and will not abandon you”, Police Inspector General Massaquoi told the enthusiastic crowd as he distributed Ebola and Crime Prevention materials to the community of Dolo Town.
The Police Boss used the occasion to remind that they have a responsibility to ensure that the community is free of the deadly virus by listening to advice of Health Workers and engaging in activities that would curtail the further spread of the disease.
“The Government and its International Partners are doing all in their power to fight this deadly Ebola Virus, but it is also incumbent upon you the residents of Dolo Town to also make sure that you cooperate in the fight”. We all have to fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia” drawing the crowd to chant in support.
He said the police will remain engaged with the various communities in the fight against the virus.
The police presented thermometers, safety gloves, and dozens of T-shirts with inscriptions of Ebola messages, symptoms and preventative measures.
In Special remark, the UNPOL Commissioner of Police spoke the UMNIL commitment to assist the Liberian Government in the fight against Ebola. He said the UN Police was working collaboratively with their Liberian National Police in ensuring that the mandate of the police was implemented without hindrance. UNPOL recently donated six Nissan 4×4 Jeeps to the LNP for deployment in communities severely affected by the Ebola scourge.
Earlier, Margibi County Statutory District # 2 Superintendent Henric Marcus Speare welcomed The Police Hierarchy to the township and expressed gratitude that the Inspector General Massaquoi and his team of Senior Officers had come to the town to identify with the people.
Also in a show of support for the Inspector Massaquoi and the police efforts, a local charity, Crowd ’50 donated an assortment of food items valued at over two thousand United States Dollars to the Dolo’s Town residents.
The items included 50 bags of 25kg of rice, 20 three-gallon of vegetable oil, four bags of 50kg of sugar, two bags of flour and 150 sacks of mineral water.
The President of Crowd ’50, Samuel Wonwi Thompson said his organization support to the residents was a way of identifying with their plight and to boost police efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in addition to their official mandate of protecting life and property.
Crowd ’50 was founded in the 1980’s by Liberian men born in the 1950’s from various professional backgrounds to cater the needs to Liberians nationwide.
Responding, various speakers representing the religious, youth and other groups hailed the police for the gesture and their continuing protection. They described the police as a friend of the community who was also ready and willing to render assistance to them when called upon.