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Act Alliance Turns Over Holding Unit To Phebe Hospital
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
SUAKOKO, September 27 (LINA) -Act Alliance-Liberia Forum, a faith-based non-governmental organization, has turned over a US$39,388 Ebola Holding Unit to the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County.
The seven-bedroom holding facility is planned for isolation of suspected cases of Ebola and Lassa Fever in the county.
In support of the unit’s operation and maintenance, Act Alliance also donated a consignment of drugs and medical supplies valued at US$9,000, rice for families of health workers victimized by the virus valued at US$1,500 and US$26,000 and US$17,000 for both Phebe and Curran Lutheran Hospitals respectively as risk benefits for workers.
Act Alliance-Liberia Forum Executive Director Joseph S. Binda described the project as a national endeavor in response to helping government eradicate the Ebola disease.
“This Rapid Response Fund (RRF) would not have come at this time of emergency without the effort of former Transport Minister S.Tonorla Varpilah, who serves as chairman of the Phebe Board,” Mr. Binda said.
Mr. Binda lauded the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), Team Church Aid, Lutheran Development Service (LDS), Church World Service and their head office in Geneva for helping to make the project a success.
Receiving the keys to the building, Board Chairman Varpilah thanked Act Alliance for the project and donations, noting that if authorities had listened to those who said they could not combine development with the Ebola fight, “we could not have had such a project dedicated today.”
He promised as Board Chair to ensure that the unit is properly maintained and used for its rightful purpose.
In remarks, Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi, said having a unit for specialized cases in the county is important as the county is situated in the Lassa fever belt and hence it must prepare for such ailment.
The Liberia News Agency reports that dedication of the newly-constructed Phebe Isolation Unit on Friday brings to two the number of treatment units in Bong County with the one at the David Kuyon Sports Stadium expected to be dedicated on Monday, September 29.