Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy
Bong Commissioners Want Weekly Markets Closed
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, September 24 (LINA) – A number of Statutory District Commissioners have recommended the closure of the weekly markets in their districts as part of measures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus.
The Commissioners of Kpaai, Fuamah, Salala, Suakoko, Jorquelleh #1 and Kokoyah Statutory Districts said that the weekly gathering of a mass of people from different towns and villages to peddle their wares and buy goods poses a risk of market grounds becoming transmission spots.
According to them, unless weekly markets where large groups of people from all walks of life congregate are closed, the virus will continue to devastate citizens.
Responding Monday to the recommendation, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy called on the commissioners to return home and consult stakeholders in their respective districts and document the resolutions reached on the matter for onward submission to the county Legislative Caucus for action.
Superintendent Mappy noted that the closure of markets is a major decision that requires the consent of lawmakers of the county.
In August, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the closure of markets in border towns across the country, with the Foequelled, Gbalatuah, Belefenai, and Naima markets in Bong County being affected for fear that they might serve as transmission grounds for the Ebola virus.