The World Food Programme deputy county director to Liberia, Alghassim Wurie, has assured residents of Nimba County that WFP’s food items being distributed across Liberia are freed of poison.
In a recent visit to Nimba, Mr. Wurie told The NewDawn correspondent in the County that rumors that WFP food items are being poisoned before distribution to targeted locations in order to spread the Ebola virus is fabrication, clarifying that food being distributed by WFP is meant to support government’s fight against the Ebola pandemic and not to infect people.
He said, WFP’s role in providing food to Ebola Treatment Units, medical centers and other locations affected by the Ebola virus is based on government response. The deputy country director also denied report that WFP staffs are being compelled to taste food items before distribution to beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wurie says WFP is following with keen interest ongoing investigation by Liberian authorities on the reported theft of its food items in Nimba County, saying, WFP is awaiting outcome of said investigation to take appropriate action as the agency maintains zero tolerance on corruption.