In an effort to buttress the government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, a youth group, Clarence and Friends have donated over US$6, 000 worth of Sanitizers, including clora, soap and buckets, among others to residents of Weala and its environs in Margibi County.
Clarence Gahr and the donated materials
The gesture, which was made on August 10, 2014 in Weala, Margibi County brought together,Clarence and Friends, residents of Weala, town chiefs, general town chiefs and Cinta Township Commissioner William B. S. Julye, who also has Weala under his control area.
Items donated to the Weala community include: 200 buckets, 200 cholera gallons and 400 large packs of tie soap which was described as an initial contribution by the group (, Clarence and Friends). Speaking to reporters in the county on August 10, 2014, the head of the group, Clarence Gahr, said the total cost of items donated is US$6,800. He said it in their initial contribution to Weala in the Ebola fight.
Clarence said if President Sirleaf went ahead and declared the state of emergency, it raises concern to everyone, noting that it was based on this background they decided to help themselves and the community. The youth group head said they have a team of about 15 young people who are knowledgeable about Ebola and have volunteered their services to educate community people on the usage of the materials and the preventive measures against Ebola.
This week, he said, they are going to train local town chiefs on how they could mobilize their people in fighting the Ebola virus, maintaining that the chiefs will also be required to send additional people from their communities to be trained and fully supported to fight Ebola. Clarence explained that the group is anticipating working with the Ministry of Health in creating more awareness on Ebola to the people of Weala and Margibi at large.
He said while the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health is trying to fight the disease, they will continue to help residents in the area. He said the C. H. Rennie government referral hospital in the county is closed so the best thing to do now is to educate the people and help them with preventive materials, something he said, will keep people safe.
Receiving the materials on behalf of his people, general town chief Anthony Varney, said they whole-heartedly welcome the gesture. He also said they are going to work in line with the youth group to make sure they battle the disease in the area. The general town chief also called on the citizens to make use of the Sanitizers and observe preventive tips announced by the Health Ministry.