Local authorities of Bong County have announced plans to shut down all weekly markets in the county. The acting clan chief of Kpatoilee Clan in Salala, Bong County, told reporters recently in the clan that the disclosure was made to him by the Salala District Commissioner.
Clan Chief Samuel Kpaingba Gbelee said he has been informed by Commissioner Karmoh Kanneh that all Commissioners of Bong have met and decided to close down weekly markets as part of efforts to curb the spread of Ebola in the county. Chief Gbelee said his immediate boss has also confirmed the decision to close weekly markets.
Bong County has lots of weekly markets, including Maisanzue, Salala, Felela, Totota and Benkormah, among others. Villagers in Bong attend weekly markets scheduled at various locations on specific days of the week. However, acting Clan Chief Samuel Kpaingba Gbelee has distanced himself from the order of the commissioner to close all weekly markets in the Salala District, Bong County.
He said residents of the district are seriously observing all necessary preventive measures prescribed by the Ministry of Health against Ebola so he sees no need to shut down weekly markets there. Chief Gbelee said that in the process of battling the virus, patients need food and other commodities that are very important to their well being, noting that the closure of markets is one way of spreading the virus.