As the Ebola fight in Liberia intensifies, ExxonMobil has presented a check for US$150,000 grant to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) to enhance the work of the Red Cross.
Making the presentation on Monday afternoon at the headquarters of the LNRCS, ExxonMobil Public and Government Manager, Nathaniel Jallah, said the grant is intended to fund Ebola public health efforts in the country through the Liberian chapter of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
He said the Liberian National Red Cross Society is working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to fight the outbreak with programs that raise local awareness on how to prevent spreading the virus, provide contact tracing, support psycho- social counseling and distribution of survival kits to Ebola victims and families.
“ExxonMobil is relatively new to Liberia, but we know how important public health is to every community. We support the Red Cross, other international aid organizations and the government in their efforts to eradicate Ebola from Liberia”, Mr. Jallah told the gathering.
Receiving the check on behalf of his organization, the Secretary General of the LNRCS, Fayiah Tamba, expressed thanks and appreciation to the international oil company, for the kind gesture, especially during this critical time of the country. Mr. Tamba said the gesture came at the appropriate time, especially with the LNRCS being engaged in five key programs in the ongoing fight, including social mobilization awareness, covering 13 counties.
He also pointed out that there are 875 volunteers in the counties, creating awareness about the virus, and narrated that the LNRCS is also engaged in psycho- social counseling and distribution of survival kits to Ebola victims and families, including food distribution under the sponsorship of the World Food Program which is catering to over 30 residents both in West Point, Monrovia and Dolo Town, Margibi County.
The company also provided a US$75,000 grant in April to Plan International to support local public health efforts soon after Ebola was detected in Liberia. ExxonMobil holds 83 percent interest in Liberia Block-13 (LB-13), comprising more than 625,000 acres offshore in water depths ranging from 250 to 10,000 feet.
It is an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas, United States. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company, and was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil (formerly Standard Oil of New Jersey and Standard Oil of New York). It is affiliated with Imperial Oil which operates in Canada.