A local chief in Margibi County is urging the Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide anti-Ebola materials for chiefs in the county. Chief Anthony Varney of Wea Clan, Cinta Township in Margibi County, said they needed Personal Protective Equipment or PPEs, as well as financial support for chiefs to combat the disease in the clan.
Chief Varney added that they were vulnerable to the Ebola virus because of their interaction with so many people on a daily basis, unlike the county health team. According to him, when chiefs are not protected, they wouldn’t be appreciated by their people,
noting that health workers only go into communities when there was an outbreak and usually return immediately after their engagements with community residents, leaving the population with the various chiefs.
He said chiefs were being left out of support from central government in the fight against Ebola in Margibi County, stressing that the lack of support has made their daily operations very difficult, particularly during this Ebola Crisis.