The Gold and Diamond Dealers Association or GDA in Liberia has pledged its commitment and support to eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.
The association gave the assurance when it donated several mattresses and several bags of rice to Ebola patients at the ELWA, John F. Kennedy Medical Center and the Island Clinic Hospital for health workers and suspected patients.
The Vice President of the Association, Mohamed Kanneh put the cost of items at US$10,000.
The three health centers received the over 200 bags of rice and 180 pieces of mattress.
Speaking Thursday during the presentation, Mr. Kanneh said the association was concerned about the difficulties faced by patients at every treatment unit, describing their situation as appalling.
“At this critical point of history, where our brothers and sisters are dying from this unusual disease, we as an institution cannot sit and allow things go the way they are now; and so, we are donating these items to health institutions in buttressing their efforts to fight the human killing disease. We are aware that the government cannot do it all- it requires the effort of every one of us in battling this virus,” he said.
According to him, members of the association were committed to serving the people, especially during the national crisis, indicating that the association was not restricted to a particular group of people, but everyone with passion for his fellow man.
Mr. Kanneh also noted that the donation by his organization was in response to the clarion call of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for all Liberians and well-wishers to join hands in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease.
Receiving the items, the Laboratory Director at the ELWA Hospital, Mr. Urais Gliaygbo expressed heartfelt gratitude to the group for the kind gesture. “Whenever you tell a sick person sorry, that does not necessarily mean they will get well, but it implies that you are concerned about them,” he added.
He reminded the group about the inability of the government and its foreign partners to handle this matter alone, noting that with the help of other concern groups, the Ebola crisis would surely be over.