Former Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel Naatehn, has lamented that the people of Gbarpolu are faced with serious economic challenges due to the Ebola epidemic in the country.
Mr. Naatehn, who is seeking re-election, said the onset of Ebola in Liberia was unprecedented, as the government did not expect the outbreak, which has taken over three countries in West Africa with increased death toll.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, September 23, following his return from the county where he had gone to carry out Ebola awareness campaign, educating citizens on preventive measures, he indicated that citizens of Gbarpolu lack basic commodities.
He said many persons in the county are still in the state of denial thus, compounding the situation and added that the only way to dispel their doubts is to give them preventive materials.
The former lawmaker said as part of his awareness campaign, he also provided rice, buckets, and sanitizers, among others to various districts and towns, including the only referable hospital in the county.
Mr. Naatehn said the authorities of Gbarpolu have put in place a system that bars strangers from entering the county in the wake of the Ebola crisis.
According to him, the county task force, including senior citizens are vigorously ensuring that those preventive measures are fully adhere to. He said government has erected robust security checkpoints at various entries of the county as part of measures to ensure that it is protected from Ebola.
Commenting on suggestion to conduct the special senatorial election in December, the aspirant welcomes the decision, only if the country will be Ebola free by then, stressing that that Liberians should now focus on eradicating the deadly virus to ensure a successful election.