Red Cross alarms misuse of emblem

The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) is alarming here that its emblem is being misused by unauthorized individuals and entities on their vehicles and buildings, tarnishing the reputation of the Red Cross in some cases.

“And so the emblem has been misused. In order to prevent the misuse and curtail other abuses of this emblem, we have decided to launch this campaign to ensure that our emblem is protected,” LNRCS Secretary General Madam Sayba T. Tamba told journalists Tuesday, 30 October in Monrovia.

The Red Cross official raises concern that when the institution’s emblem is seen on unauthorized buildings, vehicles and other places and there is an issue, “it reflects on Red Cross.”But she warns that the Red Cross emblem is legally authorized by government, only for the use of the Red Cross and its relevant partners including the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in times of war.

Madam Tamba complains that the misuse of the Red Cross emblem on vehicles, other ambulances and buildings that are not associated with the Red Cross has been ongoing for a long time.“And individuals carry some of our materials for example, like the jacket,” she says.

In another development, the LNRCS has made a provision of digital cameras and recorders for reporters of 14 community – based radio stations, excluding Montserrado County.Madam Tamba says the intention is for the beneficiaries to assist the National Red Cross Society in profiling the humanitarian needs across the country as well as alerting the institutions responsible to be able to respond in a timely manner.

Media institutions benefiting from this donation will this week receive their cameras and recorders, according to Madam Tamba.The Red Cross and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) represented by its Program Officer Mr. James Davids, signed documents to the effect on Tuesday at the LNRCS Head office in Monrovia.

Additionally, the Red Cross notes that since its Clinic in Monrovia was reopened on 1 June this year, it has received 700 patients at its facilities. She says the clinic provides both curative and preventive services.Along with the reopening of the clinic is the launch of a 24 – hour free ambulance service, according to Madam Tamba.

This ambulance service is funded by a Swiss – France grant of $30,000.00 to the LNRCS to implement a 24 – hour ambulance service here, Madam Tamba continues.In remark, PUL Program Officer Mr. James Davids expresses the Union’s gratitude to the LNRCS for the initiative, saying he hopes it will be expanded.Mr. Davids applauds the LNRCS for the gesture that seeks to empower the selected media institutions.

By Winston W. Parley

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