President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar M. Findley
Findley Calls On Residents To Refrain From Violence
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, August 16 (LINA) - The President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar M. Findley, has urged community residents to refrain from violence as a means of attracting the Ebola Rapid Response Unit to remove dead bodies from their vicinities.
Findley said although he understands the frustration of the residents necessitated by the delay in collecting the bodies of suspected Ebola victims, setting up road blocks to seek redress was unacceptable.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the President Pro-Tempore made the plea Thursday during his regular monthly press briefing at his Capitol Building office.
He attributed the delay in collecting the dead bodies by the Response Unit to the lack of sufficient vehicles and protective gears as well as manpower.
Findley said the government and partners are working out modalities to expand the Unit in order to make it more effective and responsive.
In recent times, residents of the St. Paul Bridge, Clara Town and Gardnerville communities mounted road blocks in protest at delays by the Ebola Rapid Response Unit to remove dead bodies from their communities.
The residents claimed that some of the bodies stayed in the communities for between three to five days, adding that they tried to inform the Response Unit to remove the bodies to no avail.
Early this week, Montserrado County Representative Solomon George threatened to carry a dead body from the West Point Community to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, from where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf currently steers the affairs of the State.
George said efforts by the Township residents and himself to have the Ebola Rapid Response Unit move in and remove the body after it stayed in the area for four days, proved fruitless.