THE MANAGEMENT OF the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) says it is challenged by the lack of logistics to properly deliver the services needed as the Ebola virus continues to rage in the country.
THE DEPUTY MANAGING Director for Technical Services, Mr. Perkins Cassell said the Corporation lacks vehicles, sewer trucks and other equipment needed to work on the Corporation’s pipelines.
CASSELL SAID as a member of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) consortium both locally and internationally, it is the prerogative of the Corporation to fight the Ebola scourge which had since engulfed the country. Mr. Cassell said although Ebola is not water borne disease, there are other diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and other relative infections which must be fought with the availability of water.
HE DISCLOSED THAT with the help of the Corporation’s international partners the institution has launched a program co-named WASH Ebola Away which will enable the entity to take the lead in providing disinfectants to Government ministries and agencies to disinfect their respective buildings and sanitation at an appreciable level as the fight against the Ebola virus continues. Mr. Cassell, speaking at a news conference on Monday with the Corporation’s Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen said the LWSC has installed a mobile water facility provided by two of the entity’s international partners with the capacity to pump 10,000 gallons of water daily while four additional mobile water facilities had been shipped to Liberia by the Corporation’s partners. He said these four mobile water facilities will be placed at selective locations.
THE LWSC MANAGING Director, Mr. Charles Allen said the Corporation is a state enterprise and it’s about time that government improves its capacity to deliver services to the Liberian people. He reminded Liberians that their attempt to transform the country; water cannot be a secondary issue. He said the Corporation have received 200 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and have established an isolation center for treatment of waste and extended water services to RockHills community in Paynesville.
AT THIS CRITICAL time when the entire country is engulfed with the fight against Ebola, Government should in no easy way forget about empowering the LWSC knowing that the water which they provide is a serious commodity of life which is very useful to human existence.
Although Ebola is not water borne disease, it is an open secret that there are other water borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera which must be contained because they are among the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus. Water which is used to wash hands or enhance the entire sanitation process should be of a priority.
IT IS IN this vein that we are calling on the requisite authorities to prioritize making more funding available to the LWSC to help enhance its work which include but not limited to ensuring a good sanitation and a conducive environment that is free of Ebola. Water is life and if the LWSC must perform her statutory duties, policy makers should not support the entity while there is Ebola but beyond the time of the Ebola scourge to ensure the proper disposal of wastes coming through the sewage system and if possible advance the sewage treatment station in Fiamah, Sinkor.
TO ACHIEVE THIS goal, the procurement of logistical equipment such as vehicles, sewage trucks and other accessories should be cardinal. Hence, all efforts must be put on deck to empower the LWSC for prompt service to the public.