By: Dougba K. McCay-Correspondent
In response to the Ebola pandemic in the country, China Union has donated some Food and preventive materials to the citizens of Bong Mines in Fuamah District in lower Bong County.
Making the donation on behalf of China Union in Bong Mines on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the PRO of the company, Mr. Morris Tate, said the donation is China Union’s own way of identifying with the citizens as the county strives to fight the deadly Ebola virus.
Items donated include 12 preventive Ebola buckets and 10 bags of twenty-five Kg. bags of rice.
Receiving the items on behalf of the citizens, the Clan Chief of Zeakomu Clan Fuamah District, lower Bong County; Mrs. Farta Yassoh expressed disappointment in China Union and said the citizens of Fuamah District have always been disappointed when it comes to donation and development to the people of Fuamah District, lower Bong County, by China Union. Chief Yassoh said since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the district, this is the first time China Union has made donation to the people of Fuamah; something she said is disappointing to the District.
Chief Yassoh said the donation given by China Union to the people of Fuamah District is not sufficient, something she said was not the amount of items that were discussed by the people of Fuamah and China Union to be given.
She added that China Union is a ‘419’ Company operating in Fuamah District lower, Bong County.
Mrs. Yassoh said Coconut Town and YeYeah Town in Fuamah District, lower Bong County have been quarantined by the Superintendent of Bong County, Mrs. Selina Polson Mappy.
In a related development, the head of the Margibi burial team has alarmed that the Ebola death toll in the County is on the increase and speaking to reporters in Margibi County on September 10, 2014, Mr. Henric Marcus Speare said the rising Ebola death toll in the county is due to the unwillingness of the citizens to adhere to the basic principles of hygiene as well as their failure to follow the rules and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mr. Speare said there are people who are resistant to these rules and regulations adding that it is due to it being strange to Liberians and because of the bad culture Liberians have with respect to hygiene and the basic principle of sanitation which has been in Liberia for centuries.
According to him, the issue of washing hands continually and other rules being a new thing, Liberians are still learning and it will take time for Liberians to get adjusted to these rules.
He noted that Liberians need to be robust in handling the Ebola epidemic that is destroying the lives of fellow compatriots.
He disclosed that initially, the team used to burry three to five bodies but the death toll is rising because people who got infected continue to come in contact with others.
“We want to use this medium to inform our people that Ebola is real; it exists and it is destroying lives and eventually if we don’t do something urgently it may destroy the future of this country,” he asserted.
He added that not every one dies from Ebola but because the virus is topping the death rate, they treat every case as if it is an Ebola case because there is no rapid response-tracers and investigators as well as health team that is supposed to go ahead with the burial team to conduct investigation and as such they as burial team must take preventative measures to avoid them from contracting the virus.
Outlining challenges confronting the team, Mr. Henric Marcus Speare said the team gets resistance from affected communities and the use of profound languages by angry people on the team while carrying out its function.
He also stated that people can be seen exposing the team to public ridicule and carrying out mob violence on the team and stating that people are capitalizing on the Ebola issue just to generate money for themselves.
Mr. Speare said that they also have challenges with the issue of transportation and getting the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the burial team. He however praised the county administration for being able to capacitate the efforts of the burial team with finances and other protective equipment and gasoline to carry on their job.
He disclosed that the team has made recommendations to the County Superintendent and the County legislative caucus and he is with the impression that they will rapidly respond to their concerns.
Mr. Speare said the County Health Team and the burial team are not collaborating, something he lamented that when the burial team removes the dead, the Health Team should remove the sick from the communities.