Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy
Bong Caucus Allots US$50k To Ebola Fight
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, August 22 (LINA) - The Bong County Legislative Caucus has approved US$50,000 of the county’s Social Development Fund to support the fight against the Ebola disease.
Making the disclosure to citizens at a stakeholders meeting in Gbarnga Wednesday, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy said the money is the county’s support to the local taskforce and institutions involved in eradicating the disease.
According to Superintendent Mappy, US$11,000 will go to health workers, US$12,000 towards the construction of the Ebola Treatment Center and US$10,400 for district operation in which each district will receive US$800.
She added that US$1,300.00 will go to community radio stations, US$6,765 for the purchase of fuel, while US$600 will go to the 19 Zonal heads.
Others are women US$400, Bong Christian Association US$1,500, Bong Muslim Association US$500, Civil Society Organizations US$1,000 and US$4,500 for administrative operation.
In a related development, the Bong County Ebola Taskforce headed by Superintendent Mappy, Monday begun distribution of hand washing buckets and chlorine to district taskforces across the county.
The exercise started with visits to Jorquelleh District Two and Kpaai District and continued Wednesday with visits to Zota and Panta Districts during which their taskforces were organized.
The visits also took the team to the St. Paul Bridge, the county’s border with Lofa County.
In remarks, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operations, Ranney Jackson said the inclusion of chiefs and other local leaders in the exercise is to create a common front to tackle the disease.
“You are very important to this fight. I therefore call on you to justify the confidence reposed in you and report all strangers in your community. If it is required that we tell our friends, relatives and loved ones to remain where they are, that we must do to curb this Ebola situation in our country,” he told the newly constituted district level taskforce in Bong County.
The district level taskforce comprises 11 members headed by the District Commissioner and includes the District Health Officer, youth and women representatives, District Muslim and Christian bodies, Police and Immigration, Community Radio Station and Chiefs.