The British charity- Save the Children-UK has turned over a one hundred and seventy thousand US dollar fifty bedroom- treatment center to the Ministry of Health HeaHealth, through the Bong County Health and Social Welfare Team.
(L-R) Sen. Henry Yallah, County Health Officer Dr. Sampson Arzoaquoi, Supt. Selena Polson Mappy Save the Children Acting Country Director Mercy Gichuhi
The Ebola treatment center is the first to be established in Bong County since the outbreak hit Liberia in March.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Acting Country Director of Save the Children, Mercy Gichuhi, reaffirmed her organization’s support to the government in the fight against the killer disease. Madam Gichuhi said Save the Children-UK remains committed to supporting government’s efforts in infusing more resources until Ebola is eradicated from the Country.
The Save the Children UK Acting Country Director urged the government and partners to focus their attentions on catering to children, noting that in any emergency, children were more vulnerable.
Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappay reiterated calls for politicians to stop politicizing the fight against Ebola, warning them against pointing-fingers and blame-shifting. She added that nobody will get political glory at the end of the day. Mappay commended Save the Children for its effort and resources to save the lives and being real partner of citizens of Bong County.
The Bong County Superintendent said while it was true that the County was in dire need of assistance, it would not allow partners who will come to exploit citizens at their own expense, adding that there were some NGOs taking pleasure in using crisis such as the current Ebola to seek donor funding for self interest.
Bong County Legislative Caucus Chairman Henry Willie, who attended the ceremony, emphasized the need for the county Health Team to have the county authorities informed about areas for possible intervention to help the situation. Senator Yallah said the US$50,000.00 provided by the county could be doubled to ensure significant impact on the Ebola battle.