Richard Tolbert Identifies With Bentol Residents

By Edwin G. Wandah

A prominent citizen of Bentol in Montserrado County, Richard R. Tolbert, has identified with the deadly Ebola virus by donating two Remote Sensing Thermometers and several buckets, including chlorine, bleaches and soap, to help curb the disease which has taken away several lives in the country so far.

Mr. Tolbert expressed with heavy heart damages being caused by the Ebola virus and according to him, the effort of fighting the virus remains everyone’s concern. He however called on the citizens to take seriously those preventive measures outlined by the Health Ministry and International partners.

He further hailed the leadership of Bentol for at least embarking upon massive awareness to sensitize the citizenry on preventing the Ebola, the watching of hands, avoiding body contacts, and those issues that help increase the spread of the virus.

Receiving the items, Deacon Humphrey Van Pett of Bentol City lauded Mr. Tolbert for the donation and promised to convey the kind gesture to the many citizens of the area. According to him, this was one of the first time for a citizen of Bentol to think about them and donate those items.

Meanwhile, during a visit to the Low Cost Village along the Todee Road recently where some deaths were reported to have occurred, the citizens, in a letter addressed to Hon. Tolbert noted seriously the urgent need for emergency supports.

During that meeting, the Town Chief, Jebbeh Mulbah informed the citizens that they were at least 3,500 residents in the community residing in 93 homes. According to him, in one of the housing units, a man identified as Kesselly, relocated to 15 Gate in Harbel, where he lived for few months and returned, leaving his daughter behind.

According to sources, his daughter returned but very ill, and the family immediately reported that the girl (his daughter) had “jaundice” and she was cared for in the house but when her condition worsened, they attempted transporting her to the Bentol Hospital when she died at the gate of the Hospital in Bentol.

Hence, ten days later, both the father and mother of the deceased grew very ill and also expired in their home and were later taken away after 26 days by health workers, leaving behind two male children, a 16-year old and a 4 year old who are currently surviving back home through fellow villagers. Fortunately, a medical Doctor Quayee made daily visits to the area to treat the two children, and carefully monitoring them.

The village is currently self-quarantined by the villagers but the need for food and basic preventive measures still remain a serious problem. The materials were given with the assistance of Putu Mining Company.