Authorities in the Central Liberian town of Gbarnga, Bong County say they have quarantined three communities in the area as part of efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus there. Latest figures released by the World Health Organization has put the total number of death in affected countries, including Liberia around 1200 as at August 19.
Bong County Health Officer Dr. Sampson Arzoaquoi named the communities as Millionaire Quarter, Civil Compound Communities in Gbarnga and the BeleKeteh-la Community in Sanoyea District. Officials say during the quarantine period, police and soldiers deplored in the area will regularly patrol those communities in an effort to curb cross community movements.
Dr. Arzoaquoi told a local radio station that the communities were quarantined due to continuous increase in the number of suspected Ebola patients and deaths. Members of the communities are not being allowed to leave their respective homes.
He has assured Bong County citizens that that the Liberian government would supply essential food items and other necessities. The Head of the Joint Security Task Force in Bong County, County Attorney Cornelius Wennah says a series of measures have been instituted to strengthen the fight against Ebola.
According to Bong County Attorney Wennah, some of the measures include the closure of all video clubs in the county, motorcyclists should ply the streets between 6: AM to 7: PM and motorcyclists are not allowed to carry more than one passenger.
The President of the Liberia Motor Transport Union Bong County branch has pledged his commitment to respecting the current mandate. Mr. Samuel Elliott said it this critical period in the fight against Ebola the union will ask its members to respect the mandate of the authorities.
Meanwhile, there are reports of people leaving Ganta City in the neighboring Nimba County and migrating to Baila, the Bong County town bordering Nimba County. Our Bong County correspondent has not independently confirmed the latest development but said residents of the Bailia Town have been calling on local radio stations in the county reporting the issue.
Bong Christians want prompt action from Gov’t
The Bong County Christian Association (BOCA) has called on the government to urgently implement strategies in the fight against Ebola. The Bong County Christian association is comprised of all churches in the county. BOCA says while the authorities of the county are exerting efforts in the fight against the virus, there is a serious need for national governments to provide more support to the County Task Force if the virus must be eradicated.
The Christian Association wants government through the authorities of the county speeds up the fight against Ebola as the ordinary people are dying from other ordinary sicknesses and diseases. The association in an official position statement also called on national governments to speedily provide personal protective equipment and incentives to health workers to enable them return to the job.
The Bong county Christian Association stressed the need for the decentralization of the awareness in the various languages as well as the provision of basic needs in the communities that have been quarantined. Presenting the position statement on behalf of the group, Pastor Ruth Getiee also stressed the need for the provision of proper care for those who have been quarantined or at the treatment.
Receiving the items, Bong County Legislative Caucus Chairman Senator Henry Willie Yallah commended the association for its steps in the fight against the Ebola virus and promised the authorities’ willingness in working with them. He assured the assembled clergymen that everything would be done to have Bong County receiving its fair share of funding coming from the government for the fight against Ebola.